Brooks Brothers is, above all, a brand associated with dressing for the workplace. With that in mind, Zac Posen chose as his pre-fall inspiration a photograph by Nine Leen of Eileen Ford that ran in Life magazine in the Fifties, and captured Ford’s busy life as a new mother and a career woman launching her agency. In other words, a woman who has it all.
The proverbial day-to-night paradigm guided the collection, with Posen building modernity and even some trends into Brooks Brothers’ ultra classic vernacular. There was a lot of what’s been working well for Posen — printed shirt dresses with full skirts, neat jacquard shifts, cropped jackets and fitted jackets, stretchy knits and updates on his signature dresses with saucy anatomical seaming, here, made office-appropriate. What felt new was denim tailoring with braided trim; twists on shirting and suiting, including a blue-and-white striped shirt and shirtdress that fell off the shoulder, and a riff on a classic pinstripe pantsuit with a tailored top instead of a blazer. With this collection Brooks Brothers also reintroduced its classic oxford shirt program, now made in America, in two styles — point collar and classic button down — and a range of colors.