Posen For Pastels
Zac Posen showed a pastel-inspired line at New York Fashion Week yesterday.
The designer is known for his stunning evening dresses and although they were present for his Spring/Summer 14 line, he took things in a new direction.
The first few looks were short frocks rather than show-stopping gowns. With full skirts they fell to just below the knee, coming in shades of the palest pink, peach and baby blue.
The pink dress boasted a V neck and a skirt which swished down the runway courtesy of the finest pleats it was made of. Those wanting something less girly might like the peach dress, which was a slimmer silhouette and included a satin corset.
Next up were a series of more high-fashion dresses, almost a couture take on the prom gown. A lilac version had a layered skirt, which jutted out from the hip and ruffle gathering at the shoulders. More classic was a burgundy strapless version with perfectly-fitted corset and full silk skirt.
Zac didn't disappoint his loyal fans with a selection of sweeping evening gowns later in the show. Many stuck to the pastel theme, boasting layers of fine fabric so they rippled as they came down the runway. More Grecian than structured, several had pillar skirts, with one memorable look including a jutting peplum.
The final look could easily be worn by a bride, with a sweetheart neckline bodice in nude satin giving way to a structured skirt so wide it took up almost the whole runway.
Also showing yesterday was Diane von Fürstenberg, who accessorised her show with music by Daft Punk and Robin Thicke. Adding further excitement was the model line-up, including Jourdan Dunn, Karen Elson, Naomi Campbell and Joan Smalls.
In contrast to Zac, Diane's offering was all about print. Full skirts hit the knee in monochrome checks, with maxi dresses kept slim fitting and in zebra pattern. The whole line had a safari feel, with animal prints and khaki and brown hues big news. This was safari for the fashionable woman though, so the silhouettes were neat and fitted and shirts transparent - with heavy sunglasses finishing the looks.
Victoria Beckham relaxed her slim-fitting aesthetic for Spring/Summer 14, instead going for loose shirts and full trousers cropped mid-shin. It was a largely monochrome affair, with flashes of hot pink providing the colour in mini skater skirts.
Although the clothes went down a storm with critics, it was Victoria's daughter Harper, two, who was the biggest hit. She sat front row on her father David's lap, with US Vogue editor Anna Wintour pictured smiling at the tot.
The New York shows continue today with presentations by Tommy Hilfiger and Reem Acra.