What’s working and how can we further develop it? That was the pragmatic approach to pre-fall for Zac Posen, who said he’s focused on continuing and subtly advancing his collections rather than completely reinventing the wheel each season. More specifically, Posen thought about the idea of a “femme fatale feminist,” or, as he explained it: “dressing in a feminine way but for yourself.”
Heavy on eveningwear, Posen’s pre-fall lineup juxtaposed soft, romantic looks with his signature body-hugging gowns in silk cady and moiré. To the latter, Posen added tiered layers, peplums and sculpted bodices for a sense of dimension and drama throughout. He also revisited a series of cotton dresses, which proved a hit at retail last season — one in particular, done here in navy blue with contrasting red buttons and a white micro-floral print, invoked a relaxed charm. Other silk crepe day dresses featured ruffled sleeves, butterfly prints and eyelet embroidery for just the right amount of sweet.