June 11, 2012 New York
Since returning to the New York scene from Paris a year ago, Posen has zeroed in on eveningwear. He says it's paying off at retail, where sell-throughs have been "unbelievable." But dressy skirtsuits and other separates also got their fair share of play in his new Resort collection. A pintucked chiffon and washed organza blouse and pleated high-waisted pants had a smart, retro-modern look.
Posen built options into a long-sleeved black day sheath. Its cowled neckline could be worn pulled down, exposing the shoulders, or up for a more demure look. A pretty violet gown with one manipulable sleeve had the same kind of versatility. Ultimately, it's the drama of these frocks that makes them desirable, but that kind of considered practicality has its appeal, too.