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Zac Posen

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MOVING FORWARD

New York: Despite Zac Posen’s recent admission of his company’s financial woes to The New York Times, the designer is determined to soldier on and overcome the slump. His strategy this season seemed to be a return to the elements that made him a star – technical feats, outstanding drapery and kicky party clothes. The first passage of looks was dreamy and bucolic, all dusty purples, orange-inflected tans and mauves that looked like a Southwestern sunset. Button-up shirts were pieced in a geometric pattern that recalled Native American motifs. Dresses and skirts were pulled and tucked and tacked together, but Posen’s light hand made them seem easy. The A-line skirts and wide-legged trousers aren’t new for the designer, but they represent the bread-and-butter of his oeuvre. Having begun to use fur a few seasons back, Posen’s latest pieces are by far his best; a fluffy chevron-striped coat was a highlight. As to be expected, the designer seemed most comfortable with his evening pieces. While his signature elaborate gowns were omitted this season, the short floral dresses were sure to appeal to his party-girl clientele.

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