Zac Posen managed to generate a good deal of excitement about Zac Zac Posen for spring 2016 by partnering with Google’s Made with Code initiative and mounting his first formal show for his secondary collection. Yet it was the details that made the clothes come alive — flounces, ruffles, tiers, cutouts, tucking and mesh inserts, for example. The collection itself was, above all, eclectic. “Ease and diversity is what I wanted,” Posen said.
It succeeded on both counts, with black silk tailored jackets over jacquard pants or shorts and white boyfriend shirts. Simply cut A-line, flared or bondage dresses each had Posen’s signature flourishes. The standouts: a long navy Windbreaker draped over a chic white shirtdress, and the palm-printed cotton, mid-calf dress shown under an oversize navy jacket. Evening literally paled next to day, as a group of mother-of the-bride pastels showed up in a “powder pink” feather embroidered top and gown and another ruffled look in “mist blue.”
The collection’s high impact came in the finale: a nylon mesh flared dress, with more than 300 moving LED lights, which underscored Posen’s commitment to Google’s Made with Code program.