“For Fall 2014, Zac Posen combines the art of old-world dressmaking with the precision of tailoring to create a collection that celebrates a woman’s natural form and gives her access to her most alluring and empowered self.

“I imagined a collection as photographed by Cecil Beaton in my New York atelier. I had a notion to bring the richness and emotion of beautifully-made pieces into the here and now. It is no secret that I have always been a devoted student of fashion history and the great couturiers. With this collection, in particular, I focused intently on how and where the clothes used to be made, and I let myself be guided mainly by this proposition: their presence came from deceptively intricate construction — and then the women who wore them made that presence come to life.

The collection showcases an artful array of cocktail and daywear. Above-the-knee skirts in gem-colored tweeds – opulent crimsons and tower greys – are paired with tailored jackets that trace the curve of the collarbone and shoulder blade, but with an engineered softness. A-line coats in the finest cashmere are rendered in the signature anatomical silhouettes while remaining elegantly sinuous. The gentleness of the mélange tweed day dresses belies their technical daring.

For evening, elliptical lines are a fine counterpoint to the sensual palette. A midnight stretch-crepe cape dress plays with motion and rigor. Long-sleeved dresses bear high necklines and front draping to give drama, but in a manner that is pure and personal, without excessive decoration or artifice. The signature strapless gowns are presented in a multitude of vibrant shades – from tangerine to powdery hues of teal, lapis, and slate — and lush, detailed fabrications, from smoky black embroidered organza to jet black taffeta jacquard – are sculpted in a unique quatrefoil silhouette.

The Zac Posen Fall 2014 collection is about the dexterity of garment construction, the celebration of craft and above all, “


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