Unlike his last season’s celebrity-heavy front row, which included Demi Moore, Lucy Liu and Martha Stewart among others, Zac Posen on Thursday evening opted for a complete roundabout, with only childhood friend Joy Bryant and investor Diddy in the front row. The word was that Posen wanted editors and buyers to focus on the clothes and not the bold-facers.
It was an admirable endeavor, but perhaps Posen himself should have focused more on the shoes that hobbled his models. Throughout the show, the girls stumbled across the runway in their towering stub-toed satin heels, visibly struggling to remain vertical. Ironically, Karen Elson, the most experienced of the bunch, took a flat-out fall in the final exit, prompting Diddy to leap up from his seat, and Caroline Trentini to pull her back up. At least Elson seemed to take the incident in stride: She grinned and laughed her way as she finished her turn.