NYFW: Zac Posen Fall /Winter 2016 at Spring Studios

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

As many of you know, fashion week just ended here in NYC. This year I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Zac Posen Fall/Winter 2016 show at Spring Studios in Tribeca. This  was a fan moment for me, since he is not only one of my favorite designers, but also one of my favorite judges on Project Runway.

“For this collection, I had in mind the incredible journey of Princess Elizabeth  of Toro who gained a level of fame around the world in the 1960s for her kind nature, stunning appearance, and exceptional intellect.” -Zac Posen

Mr. Posen’s quote explains where the inspiration for this beautiful, elegant and versatile collection originated. Princess Elizabeth of Toro was the first black woman to get a spread in Vogue Magazine and  one of the first few female attorneys in East, Central and Southern Africa. (source: http://biography.yourdictionary.com/elizabeth-bagaaya-nyabongo-of-toro).  Given the inspiration, Zac Posen decided to cast a majority of of black models for this runway show, which is still rare in the fashion world.

Now onto my report of the runway show. While I anxiously waited for the show to begin, I was able to spot some celebrities, such as Katie Holmes, Carla Gugino, Nina Garcia (also from Project Runway), Coco Rocha, Jennifer Hudson and Miss J Alexander Runway Coach Diva Extraordinaire (you may remember him from ANTM).


From top left: model Coco Rocha, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, runway coach Miss J Alexander.

Here I am, with my sister before the show starts.

This is me (on the right) . I wore a top and full skirt by Gracia with Guess over the knee boots.

ZacPosen12The fashion photographers and reporters are ready for the show to begin.


The show opened with a series of suits with cashmere wool coats and cropped trousers, in different jewel tones (oxblood, rust, burgundy, rust, navy, teal, green etc).


Merlot Cashmere & Wool Eight Button Coat with Velvet Trim, Burgundy Ribbed Cashmere Turtleneck, and Cognac Cashmere Single Pleat Cropped Trousers.

Then it continued with a series of fabulous asymmetrical  floral print dresses, more cashmere jackets with trousers, and a series of black floor length gowns and capelet dresses (see pictures below).

Burgundy and rust mixed floral print strapless wrap gown.
Left: Midnight boxy five-button jacket with asymmetrical lapel and velvet trim, navy ribbed cashmere turtleneck, blue & grey cashmere cropped trousers.


Left: Burgundy and rust mixed print floral hanckerchief-hem dress.                                            Center: Burgundy and rust mixed floral print cotton capelet with matching spaghetti strap gown with crystal embroidered trim.                                                                                                        Right: Blues cotton mixed floral print hand-embroidered dress with spaghetti straps and asymmetrical waist panel .




The very last look was this beautiful evening gown with a capelet.

Black stretch cady wrap shoulder capelet gown with hand-embroidered glass bead trim.

All shoes were by Christina Louboutin, the makeup was by Diane Kendal and the M*A*C Pro Team and hair by Odile Gilbert for Moroccan Oil.  The music was by Sebastian Perrin. Nails were by Keri Blair for M*A*C.

In conclusion, it was a fabulous show and the collection was very wearable with many day-to-night looks. I loved the color palette and the mix of fabrics (cashmere and cotton). Both the suits and the dresses looked very comfortable, yet stylish and expensive. Zac Posen really outdid himself, but I expected nothing less.





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