After two seasons of getting less-than-desirable reviews in Paris, designer Zac Posen is bringing his main collection back to New York Fashion Week.
Posen initially made the move to differentiate between Z Spoke, the secondary line he introduced last year, and his full line. But the distinction seemed to be that critics liked Z Spoke and didn’t think Zac Posen was meaty enough. So yesterday, the designer told Women’s Wear Daily, “Paris is wonderful but it just feels like the right time to show in New York.” And we don’t wonder at all why he feels that way — last October, the same newspaper wrote that “in coming to Paris, something was definitely lost in translation” for Posen.
Fashion critics make their money evaluating whether a designer’s work is good or bad, current or stale, tawdry or sultry and sophisticated. But Posen’s reception in Paris was downright mean, even if the critics who wrote about his collections made fair points about his budoir showgirl aesthetic. What was even worse was that Posen’s reason for showing in Paris was the thought that in Europe, his clothes “are respected.”
Will Posen’s return to the city make a difference in how much people respect his clothes? We don’t know. But either way, we’re happy to have him! And in the meantime, this is as close to an answer as we’re going to be before his show on Sept. 11.