Zac Posen is laser focused on the silhouette, and his Pre-Fall 18 collection was once again filled with fantastical notions seemingly sculpted around the female figure. What this man can do with a piece of fabric is meant for red carpets and museums.
But it wasn’t just red carpet that Posen stuck to with this collection. He actually dabbled a bit in daywear, nodding toward that a modern take on the busy vintage paisley print on a flutter sleeved fit-and-flare as well as a peasant sleeve and off-the-shoulder peplum over over these fantastic wide leg wine-toned tailored pedal pushers that I want in every color. He also took a page from A Handmaid’s Tale with a high-neck silk jersey dress in that same wine tone with pin-tucking at the bodice, and back draping, forming a cape silhouette.
More tailored trousers came in wide legs with minimalist and exacting ambitions, paired with long coating, one with colorful sequin florals cascading vertically at the bodice. A gently peplummed black jacket sat over a black knee length gore skirt. The silhouette feels quite a bit Coco Chanel, and so it would – the jackets of the 1910 decade were a similar cut with full sleeves. Though I doubt they were nearly as comfortable.
And of course, the excitement in the collection picked up with Posen‘s bread and butter – the red carpet looks. From the frothy sweetheart off-the-shoulder number that reminded me of the epic Claire Danes moment, to the purple ballgown with a tulle skirt that has expertly been stitched at strategic points, creating a multiple diamond shapes as well as a drop waist on the ballgown skirt. This gown is showing up on a celebrity, I would bet money if it hasn’t already and I just haven’t noticed. Of course, there’s the brocade petal shaped gown, this one in a green undertone with pops of orange and fuschia. And a major bridal moment showed in an ivory brocade scoop neck number with a built-in capelet and single bustle. Understated and simply gorgeous.