Let it be said that the Z Spoke by Zac Posen show started 45 minutes late. Shocker! It takes a while, after all, to file in the likes of Claire Danes, Carmen Elektra, Olivier Zahm, Shenae Grimes, Kristin Cavallari, Michelle Trachtenberg, Russell Simons and Miss J. Alexander. The front row frenzy always delays the process thanks to the fashion rubberneckers who insist on a closer look, inevitably delaying the commencement of the show. And in true fashion week form, there comes the time, just as you’re about to be late to the next show, where the lights dim, the music thumps (this particular thumping was provided by The Misshapes), and a procession of fabulous girls trickle out on cue.
This time, the art on display was made up of a selection of jersey knits, ruffles, low backs, spring coats, colorful summer dresses and sexy pantsuits. Z Spoke, Zac Posen’s Spring 2011 diffusion line, is flirty and fun with a late ’70s, early ’80s quality to it; perhaps because Posen looked to “Halston, Pat Cleveland, jersey dressing, print dressing, Lindsay Lohan’s nails, bad girls” for inspiration. Bravo, Posen, for this was clearly achieved.
Nothing about the collection was subtle, but rather bold and theatrical. Blue and black bases were embellished with bright greens, yellows and reds. There were youthful prints ranging from facial silhouettes to funky fruit graphics on nearly every piece in the collection — a small likening to last spring’s Miu Miu collection, if you ask me.
And of course there’s a certain vibe that comes along with banana-laden loungewear and so the atmosphere was, well, bananas. Ataui Deng, took a tumble as she cat-walked down the runway. She tried to regain her balance, stretching her arms out, but unavoidably fell to her knees. Nevertheless, she was a good sport about the whole thing, raising her arm in triumph and smiling when she got up. It was definitely an entertaining, high-energy show: a mood that speaks to the Z Spoke girl — bold, energetic, flirty and not the type that would shy away from a little attention.
Speaking of attention, we eagerly await the Paris presentation of Zac Posen, which we assume will feel slightly more sophisticated and at which falling probably won’t be as funny [to them].