February 05, 2012
Now in its sixth season, Zac Posen's lower-priced Z Spoke line has come of age. The look of the collection has matured way beyond those blaring, fruity prints from his first show. More and more, Posen is applying the strengths established with his namesake label to everyday sportswear. The constructed seaming found in the designer's evening gowns, for example, appears here on sharp, shrunken jackets ("it's all about putting the line in the right place," he said) as well as on pleated, wide-leg satin pants with "karate stitching."
At times, the lineup had a slight nineties vibe to it, which Posen described as "Americana gone to the dark side." Sweaters came with slashed sleeves, and there was a burgundy velvet tank dress worthy of Alicia Silverstone circa Clueless. Z Spoke's noteworthy accessories, including matte leather satchels with tough, tonal hardware and a silver fox clutch, were fresh finishing touches that won't break the bank.