Zac Posen proves he's not all show and no substance

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 September, 2017, 12:25pm

Who? The latest darling among red-carpet trotters, up-and-coming designer Zac Posen has proved to the fickle fashion world he is not all hype and no substance.

His curvaceous silhouettes and unique take on glamour dressing has earned him loyal support from the likes of Natalie Portman, Claire Danes, Demi Moore and Liza Minnelli.

How did it happen? Born and raised in Manhattan, Posen always harboured a strong interest in fashion design and began outfitting his friends in high school. He was an intern at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, during his high-school years, then pursued a design degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

Posen unveiled his debut collection in 2002 and his intricately crafted gowns were snapped up by buyers from Henri Bendel and Barneys New York.

What do his clothes look like? Inspired by designers such as Madeleine Vionnet and Azzedine Alaia, Posen's figure-flattering gowns are characterised by elaborate pleats and dramatic cuts. Jackets are tailored to nip dramatically at the waistline and his clothes exude an elegance that conjures memories of the 1930s and 40s. 'She's very distinct,' the designer once said when asked to describe his clientele. 'She knows who she is. She walks down the street and tells me to f*** off.'

What does the designer have to say? 'I knew success would eventually happen to me. I make great clothes that make women look gorgeous. I'm glad, though, the recognition came early because I don't know how much longer I would have been able to finance the line.'

Where can you find the clothes? Zac Posen is available at boutiques such as Barneys New York and Henri Bendel.