Zac Posen brings a touch of theatricality to all of his creations—even his lower-priced ones. His Fall collection for Z Spoke put a modern spin on the golden days of MGM Studios. At the Spring lookbook shoot, the designer pointed to model and longtime friend Coco Rocha, who was bringing the clothes to life with acrobatic poses, and said, "The theme is Coco goes to Hollywood." Indeed, many of the Technicolor gowns did have an old-school glamour (ditto the pony-hair clutch bags decked out with dramatic fringed tassels). When Rocha slipped into a lemon-yellow number cut from stretch charmeuse satin that featured distinctly Posen details like a sweetheart neckline and vector pleating in back, one member of the team commented, "She's like a Snow White pinup." Despite all those showstoppers, though, from the start Z Spoke has been about offering affordable sportswear that doesn't compromise on quality of construction. Tailored jacquard skirt suits ideal for the office would quickly justify their price-per-wear ratio, while you could imagine wearing a flirty white frock with floating seams and a built-in vest to a movie date.

Speaking of cinema, Posen and Rocha might be the next fashion stars you see up on the big screen. At one point during the shoot, the animated duo broke into an impromptu rendition of Liza Minnelli's "New York, New York"—chorus line kicks and all—and we must declare they've got talent.