Zac Posen molds neoprene into bustiers and bustles

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Would Audrey Hepburn have snatched up one of the neoprene straight-legged trouser sets or girly off-the-shoulder dresses from Zac Posen's New York Fashion Week runway?

Or maybe the white, all-over embroidered pencil-leg trousers with a matching long-sleeve top?

The designer celebrated her style Monday night in a spring collection of molded and folded and draped neoprene in a range of whites, blacks and bright scarlet.

In an ode to classic tailoring and stylized architecture, he created peplums, bustiers and bulk, the latter not always wear women might want it.

Other looks were beautifully beaded, including a short strapless gown in black.

Posen described the neoprene as a bonded crepe fabrication, stiff enough to hold up a high collar on a black jacket.

Posen pal Coco Rocha walked his runway in a black satin off-the-shoulder gown.

Kiernan Shipka, the 14-year-old actress who plays Sally on "Mad Men," was among Posen's front-row guests. She thinks Posen's clothes are fun.

"He's just such a timeless designer. His pieces are so beautiful, and they're made so well," she said.

Spoken like a front-row pro.


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