Zac Posen Shows a Symphony of Grown-Up Gowns for Spring

The designer returned to New York after a two-season hiatus in Paris with a peacock walk of red carpet-ready showpiece dresses.

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The designer returned to New York after a two-season hiatus in Paris with a peacock walk of red carpet-ready showpiece dresses. Coco Rocha -- thanks to the drama of a four-foot-diameter mermaid train -- stole the show in a smoky gray stunner.
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The evening-wear-focused lineup comprised ball gowns that combined utterly precise, architectural structure with voluminous helpings of ethereal tulle.
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Posen told WWD during a preview that "it's all about the pretty." Tones of serious sophistication kept that notion from getting too preciously over-the-top.
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The array of dazzling constructions and romantic fabrics and finishes -- sheer, floaty, sparkly, lacy -- promises to figure heavily on awards season's red carpets.
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Posen kept his looks strictly grown-up, but the body-conscious elements will best suit those with youthful figures.
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Pops of color sweetened the mood from getting too serious, with apple green and cornflower blue serving as stand-outs.
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What continues to set Posen apart is his innate knack for dramatic glamour. A cocktail dress never met a sheer tulle or silk it didn't like, but only a master can construct them in papery layers for a truly awesome effect.
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Besides the precisely tailored lines on corseted silhouettes, the workmanship shone through in nude, embroidered-sheer over-layers.
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Another way Posen is able to elevate his work is in an attention to detail that borders on sensual. Case in point: a rich cocktail frock with a coquettish, come-undone neckline.
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For all its spectacular features, the collection remains inherently approachable -- for Hollywood starlets and glitterati girls, that is -- with Posen's focus on "pretty" apparent throughout.
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