If the cool, young downtown crowd that packed the studio where Zac Posen showed his fall collection for Brooks Brothers is any indication of his potential clientele, the designer should be thrilled. “I want to bring in new customers and keep those we already have,” he said.
This season, that seems totally doable. For one thing, Posen gave the brand eveningwear for the first time in its history. His take on the tuxedo, with cropped pants and a crisp short jacket; an ankle-grazing gray cashmere cardigan over a matching T-shirt dress; and a long, cowl-necked velvet sheath all hit just the right pitch for Posen’s evening overture.
For his Posen-informed classics, he showed terrific camel cashmere pieces, such as a loose, short-sleeved top and lean calf-length skirt, and gently tailored coats. “I wanted to move slightly away from the body; cut easier shapes,” said Posen, whose latest suit look paired full, cropped pants and a softly tailored jacket.
Posen clearly respects Brooks Brothers’ men’s wear core while giving its women’s offering his own brand of chic.