Zac Posen Resort 2013

by Keesean Moore

Zac Posen’s collections are best experienced in person. So when we received the invitation to personally view the Resort 2013 collection at the Zac Posen showroom in TriBeCa we knew we were in for amazing craftsmanship, showmanship, and new and interesting takes on 1940s Hollywood and American aristocratic dress.

Unlike Posen’s previous collections, pre-fall was all about crisp, tailored evening separates. For a house so well known for tulle, volume, and regalia, it was definitely refreshing to see a sophisticated tailoring hand applied to bring depth and roundness to this interim collection. It’s evident that Posen has a close ear to the ground and is definitely responding to the fact that not all his customers live life on the red carpet.

On the gowns front, Posen was still ahead of the pack, amping up the drama while keeping an impressive technical eye on wearability and functionality. One dress in particular was crafted entirely from the outside-in to show buyers and editors just how complex each piece from the collection actually is.

Overall the offering was strong and impressive. However, I’m aching for Zac Posen to bring a darker, tougher, more youthful side to his aesthetic. He definitely has the bravado to become America’s John Galliano. I’m still waiting for the jaw-dropping risks.