New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Zac Posen Wows With Red Carpet Gowns
The designer's spring 2013 tour de force show featured Naomi Campbell, Angela Lindvall and Coco Rocha, but the 1940s-style, Old Hollywood-made-new gowns were the real stars.
Everything about Zac Posen's spring 2013 fashion show was Hollywood: from the setting, outside at dusk on a balcony overlooking Lincoln Center Plaza with many well-dressed fashionistas in attendance (including, if you could call her one, Martha Stewart), to the "supes," who walked in some of the most beautiful hued and constructed gowns we've ever seen.
Sunday's show opened with Naomi Campbell in a rare runway appearance, featured L.A. resident Angela Lindvall (looking amazing) and closed with Coco Rocha as Posen's multi-tiered, frothy, buttercup of a bride in an amazing white tulle ballgown. It was great to see real women -- not girls -- walking in these gorgeous confections.
The show, set to the tune of "Sunday Kinda Love," started out with Posen's 1940s-style cocktail dresses: v-neck, short sleeves, tight to the body with a flare at the knees. The design is a favorite Posen silhouette, which he showed in a new Hibiscus print on twill and chiffon. Then, he showed suits in a clingy silhouette, one that was blush crepe with a pencil skirt and a kick pleat in the back -- worthy of a Hollywood body. Charlize Theron would knock one out of the park in this suit, as would Keira Knightley.
But it was the gowns that killed it. Most designs were tight to the body with mermaid bottoms, while some were full-on ballgowns in shades of pumpkin satin, bordeaux, clay, mint, lemon, jade and cadet blue. So far, these are the most amazing gowns we've seen, from the range of gorgeous colors to the fabrics -- tulle, satin, chiffon, jacquard -- and there is no doubt in our minds that these will be showing up on a red carpet near you very soon.
Will there be a lady lucky enough to wear one of these beauties to the Emmys? We have heard about one, but we'll definitely see more of them at the Globes.
The gowns of the season are true traffic-stoppers. Some of the New York press called them "retro," we call them divine.