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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).
Here I am, with my sister before the show starts.
The 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).
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).
The very last look was this beautiful evening gown with a capelet.
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.