New York Fashion Week Coverage: Zac Posen Spring 2014 Collection

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Zac Posen’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection marries occasion dressing to the enchanted realm of woodland fairies.

One purpose of fashion is the real-world fulfillment of fantasy, and Zac Posen has proven himself to be something of a fashion fairy godmother. His latest presentation seems to emerge from another era, and the nostalgic aspect of the collection is part of the aim. Silky frocks speckled with dainty floral prints and chiffon ruffles seemed to suggest a Swiss milkmaid type of innocence. Models with rosy cheeks walked the runway with tiny sprays of flowers twisted in their hair, like sprites emerging from a magical copse of trees. For the first time at New York Fashion Week this season, a designer is making spring’s inherent qualities (radiant sunshine, new growth, fresh blossoms) into literal fashion statements.

Zac Posen has proven himself to be something of a fashion fairy godmother.

The collection moves back and forth between two silhouettes: shapely constructed frocks that exaggerate and enhance the female form and gauzier gowns that billow and bloom with so much tulle, chiffon, and organza. Though some of the looks, like the layered celadon dress embroidered with tiny flowers, might appear out of place on the red carpet where Posen has staked his claim, others are pitch perfect for the occasion. Posen’s pale-mint gauzy gown with matching cape, sleeveless structured dress in rust-red satin, and extravagant voluminous gowns with ruffles kicking up from the hem are red carpet no-brainers.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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