August 20 2014

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Welcome Back, Zac


After taking his show on the road to Paris the past two seasons, Zac Posen is bringing it all back home to New York. He’ll present his mainline collection at Lincoln Center on September 11, and last night, he cut the ribbon on his first-ever retail store, for the Z Spoke diffusion line, in the Meatpacking District.

Measuring just 725 square feet, the space didn’t take long to fill up with a coterie of Posen muses like Coco Rocha, Crystal Renn, and Anna and Pat Cleveland. Despite its compact size, the store manages to pack in the entire Z Spoke spread, including Illesteva shades and bags that look way more expensive than their under-$700 price tags. Posen brought in storied book collector Michael Gallagher to add a few rare fashion reads to the boutique’s shelves, like Cecil Beaton’s Memoirs of the 40′s and Isabella Rossellini’s Some of Me. “I collect old issues of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and grew up haunting his store,” the designer told Now that he’s set up his own shop, Posen can focus on putting the final touches on his namesake collection for its reintroduction to the bedlam that is NYFW. “I’m incredibly thrilled to be back,” he said. “I’m excited to appeal to the fantasy side of the American woman again.”

Z Spoke by Zac Posen, 875 Washington St., NYC. For more information, visit

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Sir Peter Blake Designs For Fred Perry, Z Spoke Takes On Meatpacking, And More…


Sir Peter Blake, the man who created the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve, has designed a collection for Fred Perry. The legend talks about Blank Canvas on [Hint]

Zac Posen will open a Z Spoke boutique in New York’s Meatpacking District. This will be Posen’s first store for Z Spoke, the designer’s second line at a more contemporary price point. WWD reports the boutique will be on Washington Street (between 13th and 14th Streets) and is expected to open August 25. [WWD]

Editors, stylists, and photographers have been buzzing about the new IMDB of fashion, What many people didn’t know is that Zoe Saldana and her fiancé, model Keith Britton, are the duo behind it. will catalog every magazine shoot, cover, and campaign a model, photographer, makeup artist, or celebrity is involved in. Coming soon: MyFDB Vintage. [Vogue U.K.]

The Gilt isn’t gone, yet. After reports the Gilt City Hamptons House could be shut down due to noise complaints, Gilt reps say the party will go on this summer at a new venue. [Page Six]

Gods And Party Monsters At Yazbukey’s Tenth Anniversary Bash


Yaz Bukey and her sister Emel are Paris party girls extraordinaires, so their accessories line Yazbukey’s tenth anniversary requires nothing less than ten parties to celebrate. Yaz has a gift for revamping the classics—she designed a gift box for Paris’ primo macaron purveyor Ladurée earlier this year, and created a mini collection of Barbie-inspired Plexiglas baubles that will be available at Colette this May—and for her latest trick, she made over the vintage Parisian vodka-and-caviar club Raspoutine into Yazpoutine. The dimly lit, red velvet lair was stocked with Baba Yaga dolls, pictures of Russian folk dancers, and ancient samovars. Jefferson Hack (pictured, with Laetitia Crahay and Josephine de la Baume), Camille Bidault-Waddington, Mario Testino, Nicola Formichetti, Olivier Zahm, and Catherine Baba stopped by for a “tableau vivant” performance by Paris’ House of Drama troupe. (Emphasis on the vivant, not the tableau.) House of Drama’s Aymeric Bergada Du Cadet—Bukey’s former design assistant—turned himself into a whirling dervish, assisted by the troupe’s exotic dancers, before one and all fell to the floor for a moment of communal ecstasy. Yaz herself joined the tableau as a deity of sorts, attired in a corset—her preferred stage attire. But some things are apparently out of even a goddess’ hands. Bukey was scheduled to fly to NYC the following morning to work with Zac Posen on the bags for his Z Spoke collection, but he’ll have to wait until that Icelandic volcanic ash blows away from the European skyline.

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Z Spoke, We Listened


He may be known for cocktail frocks, but Zac Posen’s new secondary line, Z Spoke, is made for more than swanning around and sipping cocktails—they’re for a girl (or a mom, Posen emphasized) who “can do whatever she wants at any moment—get on a plane, play sports.” The knits, blazers, and shirting, accordingly, are sportier than much of the usual Posen fare, and feel more American-inspired than his eponymous collection. One look, incorporating a silk neckerchief and khaki shorts, screamed Girl Scout. Like the pretty young things who wear his clothes, Manhattan-born Posen isn’t necessarily a salt-of-the-earth type, but that’s OK: “The whole world is looking at these New York creatures of the night,” he said at the launch at Saks last night, and presumably the world wants to dress like them.

Z Spoke should bring a new customer base to the house of Posen, with prices—between $60 and $600—that are considerably lower than Posen’s designer collection. But a few attendees griped that it’s still a ways off from the bargains found in Posen’s Target line. A party dress that would be a no-brainer at $350, for example, might give a girl—especially a Girl Scout—pause at $500. But Posen held his ground: “This is not a look for less. It’s its own invention, and it’s still part of me,” he said.

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