ZAC Zac Posen, as the designer's diffusion line has been reconceived, is now in its second season. It finds him mixing traditional British haberdashery fabrics with silhouettes straight out of the bombshell fifties. "Bombshell" is a look that has never been too far from Posen's heart, but the menswear fabrics felt somewhat new. A Prince of Wales coat worn with matching pants was an instant hit with the women in the designer's office. "They really responded to the masculine element; it gives them an edge," he said. A metallic green motorcycle jacket that channeled equal parts David Bowie and "teddy girls" connected too. Both are persuasive arguments that Posen should continue to expand his repertoire.

Occasion dresses make up the bulk of Posen's lower-priced business, not unlike with his signature collection. The highlight was the simplest gown he had on offer, a strapless number in green silk-back crepe. As a retailer at our appointment suggested, it would look killer with that metallic leather moto jacket.