February 09, 2005 New York
They saw a fall show in which Posen zeroed in on Hollywood's glamour years, turning out bias-cut liquid silk columns in shimmering pastels, and (paging Joan Crawford) bubble-sleeve blouses with hip-loving skirts. He also showed a fair amount of drapey goddess gowns, some embellished with golden coils at the neck and waist. On the more constructed side, an emerald strapless moiré silk dress demonstrated his hourglass fit, while a pleated charmeuse number in slate gray showcased his talent for pattern making.
Posen's alpaca coats seemed oddly informal next to all that flash, and he didn't show much in the way of daywear compared with his efforts for spring. But that's not what his people come for: The leaner and loucher a gown was, the louder the claps from the Combs-helmed cheering section.