Zac Posen says people need to put more effort into their fashion choices.
The designer wants a return to more glamorous dressing as he says it's important for people to take pride in how they look:
"We've had sort of an explosion of extra casual dressing. It's important for Americans to put more effort into what they wear. A lot of young people and adults are talking a lot about what they believe in now. It's important to dress as you believe and to enjoy fashion too. So many people are following fashion now. It's become fashion-tainment. People should dress [well] again especially for all the great American designers there are. This is a place to dress."
Zac also revealed how he wears all his own designs and recently had a few of his pieces re-created while in Asia. Speaking at the FNW/Trends luncheon at the National Arts Club in New York, Zac said, "That would be interesting to take one jacket and have it made in 19 countries. It sounds like a Prada conceptual art project."
Zac Posen thinks trendy clothing should be accessible to everyone.
The designer has teamed up with Lord & Taylor to create a more affordable line, Z Spoke Zac Posen for Lord & Taylor, and says he was inspired to do it so everyone can have the chance to look good.
"I believe that trendy clothing should be accessible. And I want to directly acknowledge that fashion loves bodies. I love women who have bodies and curves, so I really want to embrace that. My ideal are the women on the street," he told People.
Speaking about his clientele, Zac said, "They are trend-driven, flirtatious, socially savvy through media and life on the street. I try to create a collection that can have a youthful quality to it, but has an age-and shape-diverse ability, too."
Zac also revealed he may create an affordable accessories line, if the clothing range does well: "We'll grow the accessories and some other categories that might happen in the future ... that I can't talk about yet!"
Zac Posen is to return to New York Fashion Week. The US designer will show his Spring/Summer 2012 collection on September 11 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, a year after moving to Paris to show his eponymous collection in the French capital.
"Paris is wonderful but it just feels like the right time to show in New York," said Zac, who still presented his Z Spoke by Zac Posen diffusion line in his hometown.
"For the Zac Posen Collection, I wanted to give a different voice and focus in the international fashion arena. Obviously, New York has been extremely supportive of me and the stars were aligned to base Z Spoke in my hometown. I have learned over the past 10 years to trust my instinct, to have fun with experimentation and to innovate. I do not see this choice as a focus on Europe, rather, it's about taking a risk, which is something that is important to do as a creator in order to evolve," he said at the time of his move to Paris.
Plus size model Crystal Renn has stormed the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week.
The curvaceous beauty flaunted her size 14 figure on the runways of legendary French fashion houses Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. After walking for the Zac Posen ZSpoke show at New York Fashion Week last month, the model has revealed being treated like “any other girl” in Paris has been an “amazing” experience.
“This has been one of the most amazing times of my life. I’ve done one show before, usually as a special guest, but to be working this much is incredible. Being treated as one of the pack, not the plus size model, is a real breakthrough. I’m here being treated like any other girl. It doesn’t matter my size. It doesn’t matter who I am. I’m going on castings like everybody else.”
Crystal admitted the fashion industry is becoming increasingly accepting of those who stray away from the model norm: “I’m still different from most of the girls at the castings but when I first started, the girls were all blonde, all emaciated and miserable looking. Now, there’s more ethnic diversity. The girls are not as skinny as before. You do see size 10s and a couple size 12s. There is change happening in the industry. There is more allowance for people to be different. I’m so impressed. I can’t wait for next season.”
—A pregnant Lily Allen showed up at Givenchy in some chic pregnancy wear. True to Fall/Winter looks, she kept it simple and Parisian with a gray long coat, white blouse, and black pumps.
—Glee star Lea Michele has become quite the fashion darling, striking a pose with Zac Posen. With her nude robe-like dress, I’d say that she has some more styling etiquette to learn.
—Alber Elbaz is probably the sweetest, most caring designer. The Lanvin creative gave his models the option of wearing comfy gladiator sandals (at the last minute!) for his Spring/Summer 2011 show.
—After scoring Vogue Paris‘s coveted 90th anniversary cover, Lara Stone is right back on Vogue—this time, it’s in her native UK mag.
—Finally taking a cue from some sensible publicists, American Apparel attempts to save the brand’s image in some new ads that feature a less-creepy Dov in the face of their financial woes. He just still couldn’t resist shooting the ads in his bed.
—Traditional and iconic American swimsuit model Marisa Miller changes things up for 944, sporting a dark bob wig and gloves—a far cry from her usual California-esque look.
Initially holding out on images of her one-of-a-kind Zac Posen wedding dress, model Coco Rocha has opted to share her entire wedding experience with her fans because “once I saw these films I realized that though personal, they were too beautiful to keep to myself.”
And yet, it’s impossible to hate that woman!
Check out the complete, 20-minute short film after the jump.
- At last night’s big Belvedere Pink Grapefruit event in New York, Ashley Olsen revealed that a certain city across the pond will be the inspiration for the pair’s next Olsenboye collection. That’s nice and all, but I’d really appreciate if they’d concentrate on getting the line out of JCPenney.
- While it may not be London who calls for Zac Posen, Paris has caught the American designer’s eye. Posen, who has been unhappy with how New York critics have treated him during fashion week debuts, says that he wants to show in the city of love because “they understand my clothes.”
- With a slew of dark looks lately, Lady Gaga performed at the Rainforest Fund’s 21st Birthday Celebration in an all-white custom Calvin Klein creation. She even wore a light gray wig to match!
- As her younger sister Georgia Jagger steams up the latest Chanel ads, model Elizabeth Jagger is contemplating full-on nude spreads now that she’s getting older. Has she seen Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer lately?
- There’s a new bag in town, and it’s called the Schitbag. If only I made these things up. I’m almost tempted to buy it simply to tout the fact that I have a fashionable schitbag.
Speculation concerning the economic stability of Zac Posen’s label emerged amidst the lay-offs and announcement of a lower-end line. Posen seems to have found a solution that many other designers have opted for as of late: a diffusion line.
Posen is set to collaborate with Target, which is not necessarily a new team-up—Posen previously designed a one-off collection for Target Australia, which he claims to have done for the free trip!
With Rodarte’s Target line hitting stores next month and Jean Paul Gaultier’s collaboration in March, Posen’s will not be available until April 25. Torturous, I know, but at least we’ll have time to recover from Fashion Week!
Excited for Posen’s line, or plain sick of the cheaper products?
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Zac Posen’s New York Fashion Week show was accompanied by music from Mark Ronson.
The fashion designer showed his Spring/Summer ‘10 collection at The Altman Building at 9am, after being forced to move his showcase from its usual evening slot. Undeterred by the early hour, Zac had the building transformed into a nightclub, complete with curving runway, low lights, and music from the renowned super-producer.
The clothes were created from an eye-popping pallet of pink, orange, lime, fuschia and cobalt, often mixed and matched to form clashing combinations. Off-the-shoulder dresses with pleated skirts, ‘60s-style macs, sweater dresses, and knitted maxi-dresses all made an appearance. Jackets with structured shoulders were also a big look, along with draped trousers which emphasized hips.
The finale, witnessed by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, included a series of beautifully-made evening gowns in black, cobalt, and silver mesh, with some boasting sequins.
Anna Wintour, Ashley Olsen, Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Chanel Iman, Alexander Wang, Sarah Jessica Parker, Coco Rocha, P. Diddy, and many more top people in the fashion industry are actually asking for your help.
The city of New York has organized Fashion’s Night Out in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of, well, shopping. Check out the video and participate in the festivities on September 10th if you’re in town!
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