NYFW: ZAC POSEN F/W 2014

This may well be the shortest review I write all season. Why? Because saying the Zac Posen Fall/Winter 2014 takes longer than the show. A brief collection of only 25 dresses, Posen kept his silhouettes simple and classic, very 1950s Hollywood glamour. His fabrics were basic: tweed, organza, velour, cotton, silk, satin, and a bit of lace mesh. His color palette all jewel tones. That’s it. Any more would require going into excruciating detail of each dress.

What I can tell you is that this is a collection from which one is likely to make a singular purchase that is cherished for the rest of your life; these are that kind of dresses. Intended for well-after 5:00, there are no pant suits, no jumpers, nothing remotely approaching casual wear. A few of the early pieces might be office appropriate, but only if you’re the CEO and only if attending a major board meeting.

These are serious clothes for serious occasions. Sure, there’s a little bit of sexiness in a couple of the black pieces, a hint of the seductress, but it would be up to the wearer to bring that out. The dress doesn’t go there on its own. Transportation may be an issue with some of the gowns. One is going to have difficulty fitting those broad skirts into anything smaller than a … well … limousine.

That’s it. Fine tailoring, classic styling, traditional fabrics. Simple. Zac Posen.

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