Even with the darkening rainclouds overhead on the dreary June early afternoon, the “Jordan almond” colored pastels and airy confections that Zac Posen presented at his Resort 2011 collection were lovely and beautiful enough to give anyone a rosy colored view of the world outside.
Holding an intimate show of 23 looks at his showroom on Laight Street, Zac Posen featured designs of delicate contrasts; he juxtaposed boucles with transparent silk crepes, feathers with chiffon, fur with tulle, and soft Liberty florals with silks. Inspired by “transparency with an edge,” and Cecil Beaton, Zac started off the presentation by showing us his mood board, tacked with pictures of dreamy White House flower arrangements, soft 50’s style Edith Head costumed starlet head shots, and romantic, soft laces. Despite the filmy crepe de chine and candy inspired color palette, Zac’s frocks still exhibited his signature architectural structure, with closely fitted panels, and flattering bias cuts.
Beginning with a series of “ladies who lunch” outfits, the first few designs were light, sharply tailored, boucle suits, and dresses that would look perfect on a modern day C.Z. Guest. My favorite of the first few looks was the one pictured above, a dusty rose chiffon dress, interset on the bodice with a nubby, black and white tweed criss cross and brass buttons, which would be welcomed into the closet of any modern day career woman who was looking for a softer look in the office.
The truly breath taking looks were the last set of floor length gowns. Although the majority of award season has come and gone, I hope to see some of these gowns on some future Hollywood actresses because their beauty and workmanship is meant to be analyzed on a red carpet. Paging Anna Kendrick–I think the beautifully draped lilac floor length grown that Zac featured below would be perfect on her, with its airy, feathery cap sleeves, and soft movement. See below for more pictures of the show and click to enlarge (but please excuse my camera quality and horrible picture taking skills):