Zac Posen is definitely one of my favorite young designers. His collections always have that glamour and energy, and yet, that huge elegance a dress or a clothing should have. It doesn't really matter if you're making breakfast in the kitchen or you're out somewhere, his dresses are always accessible, they are all about strong and confident woman always ready for new challenges.
Born 24 October 1980,Posen was raised in the SoHo neighborhood of lower Manhattan, the son of artist Stephen Posen and corporate lawyer Susan Posen.
His interest in fashion design started early, and as a child he would steal yarmulkes from his grandparents' synagogue to make ball dresses for dolls. He attended Saint Ann's School, a private school in Brooklyn, and in his sophomore year interned with fashion designer Nicole Miller. At age 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at Parsons The New School for Design. He graduated from Saint Ann's in 1999. For three years Posen was mentored by curator Richard Martin at The Costume Intitute of The Metropolitan Museum Art.. At 18, he was accepted into the womenswear degree program at London's Central Martin's College of Art and Design at the University of Arts London. During his tenure in London, Posen found that the environment was competitive, while at the same time students were given a wide berth for independent learning. In 2001, Posen constructed a gown entirely made from thin leather strips and dressmaker hooks and eyes that was displayed by the Victoria and Albert Museum and featured in their "Curvaceous" exhibition.
In 2000, Posen received a big break after a dress he made for Naomi Campbell (who had heard about him from Lola Schnabel, the daughter of American artist Julian Schnabel) changed hands several times among several fashion insiders, including actress Paz de la Huerta. He is famously well-connected and has called Lola's sister, Stella Schnabel, his muse.Through Interview magazine Editor-in-Chief Ingrid Sischy, Posen met his future publicist and event producer Ed Filipowski, of KCD who offered to represent him for free.Upon returning to New York in 2001, Posen set up an atelier in his parent’s living room, while they gave him a USD$15 allowance. In October of the same year he was chosen to present a capsule collection as part of GenArt's Fresh Faces in Fashion New York 2001.He received a grant for USD$20,000. After his first runway show in 2001, Posen was courted by fashion titans Yves Carcelle (President of LVMH Fashion Group), Sidney Toledano (Chief Executive Officer and Director of Christian Dior S.A.), and Domenico De Sole (President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci Group NV.) Following the success of this presentation, Posen established his design studio in Tribeca. Zac Posen continues to receive awards and accolades, most notably the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2004 Swarowski's Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear. Posen’s strong, feminine aesthetic has become a favorite of style leaders including Natalie Portman Rihanna, Kate Winslet, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Mischa Barton, Beyonce, and many more.
In 2004, high-end urban fashion brand Sean John made an investment deal with Posen. Ashley Olsen interned with Posen in 2005 while a student at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an undergraduate college within New York University.
In April 2008, Posen's capsule collection created in collaboration with Target, Zac Posen for Target, was released in 75 stores in Australia. A preview of the collection was shown during March's L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival as one of the fashion week's headline catwalks.
At the 2012 Academy Awards, Glenn Close wore a Zac Posen gown on the red carpet.
On December 18th, 2012, Zac was announced as official judge of Project Runaway Season 11 which starts on January 24, 2013 on Lifetime Television.
Zac Posen Spring 2011
For his first time, Zac Posen debuts an utterly Parisian collection in Paris. Sexy, glamorous, and so utterly effortless. How veryFrench.It’s a gorgeous wash of twenties luxury, feathers, silk, satin, and lace. The bodices are sexily wrapped and twisted and overlay corset piping or lace. The silk dresses drape beautifully on the body with unusual twists and flowing trains. In fact, I almost saved his entire collection, but no dice. As Jessica Kerwin Jenkins points out, occasionally Posen’s “nostalgic idea of the city’s nocturnal glory days overshadowed the best of what his collection had to offer.” Overall though, he manages to present the lovely twenties interpretation that he’s so good at doing. It’s an enjoyable collection nonetheless.
Zac Posen Spring 2013
Here are the one's I liked the most out of this collection.