Zac Posen’s fashion shows are always an extravaganza of girly-glam, and as over-the-top as New York fashion gets. His approach makes for lots of fun, if not always a lot of sense. This season, moments of pretty sanity tempered the mayhem, some of it approaching chic. Among the hits: coats, including a silvery metallic jacquard and a romantic, big-collared number in gray felt. Posen also showed a restrained wool sheath and appealing tailored jackets.
Napoleon’s first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais inspired hair and makeup fit for royalty to complement Zac Posen’s Fall collection. “It’s French courtesan opulence meets punk,” said Odile Gilbert for L’Oréal Professionnel. They used Expansion Body Activating Mousse for volume and then swept hair high into a “large chignon” after it was teased at the roots. Extreme Holding Spray sealed the look and a braided headband with studs added a rocker edge to the elegant bouffant. Makeup, which was done by done by Lucia Pieroni for MAC, pushed the look into modern times with a fresh orange lip (MAC’s Morange lipstick) and a carbon-colored eye. Pieroni rimmed eyes with black pencil and used Blackberry shadow on the lid. “My inspiration is a Tim Burton girl with huge, big smoky eyes, lashes,” said Pieroni, who added false lashes. “She looks a little hollow, a little Gothic.”
Celebrities Rachel Bilson, Zoe Saldana, Claire Danes, Santigold, Nicole Richie, Alicia Keys and Leigh Lezark were all spotted Posen’s runway show. The starlets weren’t the only ones getting attention at the show. When model Coco Rocha took her turn on the runway, a photographer in the pit shouted “Now that’s a woman!” at her, causing the audience to break out in laughter. Ever professional, Coco Rocha responded with a sly smile, though she later confided backstage that she hadn’t understood the snapper’s catcall. “I thought he was being cheeky, so I smiled,” Rocha said. “Then everyone started laughing and I got worried and did a body check to make sure the clothes were still on.”