When we arrived for our appointment to view Zac Posen and Z Spoke by Zac Posen resort, we had no idea we would be walked through the collections by Posen himself. Best surprise of the week? Most definitely.
First the affable designer showed off his lower-priced Z Spoke line, which now includes a capsule of evening gowns that retail for around $1,000, making them significantly less expensive than those in his signature line. While the wares are less opulent, they compromise very little in terms of design or quality. The dresses are as flattering as you would come to expect from Posen creations, which is to say: very. The collection is also filled with flirty cocktail dresses, sophisticated separates, and some major outerwear. The latest addition to the accessories offerings are perforated dog bags, leashes, and collars, which Posen said was inspired by years of being a proud dog owner. Fun fact: one of Posen’s pups even makes a cameo in the lookbook below.
After a chat about St. Louis (Posen’s family hails from our hometown, and he has a thing for the 1904 World’s Fair), we were shown the jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns in his namesake collection. The construction on Posen’s structured-yet-feminine frocks is even more impressive in person, from seams that cascade into drapes to on-the-spot customizable sleeves. Nipped waists and fishtails abound, the pieces are glamorous beyond belief. And they’re not just for show. “We sell every piece we make,” he explained. “All of these will be available.”
While evening — which includes both dresses and separates — is undoubtedly the highlight of any Zac Posen collection, there is a healthy dose of sharp suiting and other (relatively) more casual pieces. Also, it should be noted that a dress with pockets will win over our hearts again and again.
Check out Zac Posen resort, starring Erin O’Connor, and Z Spoke by Zac Posen resort, starring Tao Okamoto:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.