Finding the balance between the dramatic and the sophisticated, to be structured but not stifling. To channel 1940’s aesthetic but not be a museum piece, to breath fresh air and feminity in haute couture. That’s Zac Posen’s appeal and passion.
Born on 24th October 1980 in New York City, in the Soho neighbourhood. Posen’s love of design started, when as a small boy he would take the Yamulkes from his grandparent’s synagogue and turn them into dolls. Interning for Nicole Miller must have been a heady dream for an aspiring designer. Receiving his fashion education at the esteemed Central Saint Martins College in London. To get ahead in such a cut throat industry requires both luck and knowing the right people. To the benefit of Posen, he was acquainted with Naomi Campbell (through Stella Schnable, an old friend). After designing a gown for Campbell in 2000, so impressed were the London elite that others wore the coveted dress. Once Posen graduated from St Martins in 2001, he got the chance to prove his talents. GenArt’s ‘Fresh Faces of Fashion NY 2001’ selected Posen to create and present a capsule collection. He must have made a great impression, for he made his runway debut that same year. 2004 saw Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs invest in Posen. Celebrity fans include Natalie Portman, Iman and Dita Von Teese. February 2014 saw Posen debut his bridal wear.
Posen has breathed new life into classically feminine piece. Avoiding the impulse to be fussy or over dramatic. Focusing on clean, simple lines that do not overwhelm the wearer but enhance their charms. Posen clearly loves the female form and now I appreciate Posen too.