Front Row Report, Zac Posen: Amy Schumer Is a Camera Magnet

Zac Posen revealed after his show Monday night that the 40-look collection he sent down the runway at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall did not tell his complete story for spring 2016.

“Some of the ballgowns and dresses were not on the runway, which will make their debut at the Emmys even more special,” he told Pret-a-Reporter backstage. “We’re keeping the fashion show going all year round.”

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That’s a rare statement of confidence in the wait-and-see world of red-carpet dressing, but you can only admire Posen’s confidence. Might any of the A-list ladies on his front row choose Posen for Sunday night? Nominee Christina Hendricks has enjoyed success with his work before, wearing a lilac gown by the designer to the 2010 Emmy Awards.

“That was one of my favorite Emmy gowns; it had feathers and was a real Ginger Rogers moment,” she said Monday night. “He just tailors so beautifully, and does interesting seaming I’ve never seen from anyone else. He’ll make the back of a skirt look like the most marvelous creation — and he loves drama.” Hendricks added that she hadn’t made any decisions about what to wear on Sunday night: “I’ve been so busy traveling, I haven’t had time. I think it’s going to be one of those last-minute, I’ll-know-it-when-I-see-it moments.”

Hendricks was joined on the front row by Jennifer Hudson, Bella Thorne and fellow Emmy nominee Amy Schumer, who attracted the lion’s share of the photo scrum. “I am really in my element right now,” she joked as photographers followed her backstage (with seven Emmy nominations for Inside Amy Schumer this year, who wouldn’t be?).

Hudson, meanwhile, drew raves for the fuchsia-toned sheath Posen designed for her. “I love the color and the structure; this dress makes me feel so good,” she said. Perhaps Hudson will require Posen’s services once the 2016 Tony Awards roll around: She starts rehearsals for The Color Purple on Broadway next month, with opening night set for Dec. 10. “I’m nervous, anxious and excited all at once; there’s nothing bigger than Broadway,” she said.

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Posen served up a variety of options for the ladies who love him, and not just for red carpet: Daywear, especially beautifully cut suits and coats, also became important for him this season. “Over the years we’ve developed and shown so much evening, and grand ballgowns,” he said. “I’ve always been about an intelligent, sophisticated, creative woman, who wants to have more than that one wow option for a red-carpet dress. Everything has an ease and softness to it, and about making a woman feel empowered and sophisticated during the day.”

Evening, of course, was about amping up the drama, from a black and white graphic-print gown in velvet devoré to a beautifully sculpted oval corset top and ballgown skirt in black satin. As for Sunday night, Posen, part of the team up for Project Runway’s four nominations, also has to consider his own red-carpet look, but admitted the choice is an easy one: “It’s Brooks Brothers,” he said.