56 posts tagged "Zac Posen"
Zac Posen never fails to give a great quote (or three), so we were thrilled to discover his “Ask Me Anything” forum on Reddit yesterday. Fans were invited to ask “almost” anything and everything for 30 minutes, with topics ranging from Posen’s design aesthetic to the trends he hates (adult hipsters) to his favorite dessert (it’s pâte â choux). Learn the designer’s secrets to success, happiness, and more, below.
Banning trends is cultural castration, but adult hipsters have gotta go:
“Normally I don’t believe in banning any trends. Banning a trend is like neutering culture. But at the end of the day, we do have a choice not to be lemmings. Adult hipsters need to end. No flip-flops in an urban environment—they’re unhygienic. And generally, affluent or ‘rich kids’ dressing poor, dirty, and disheveled is reverse snobism and, quite frankly, really boring. What else? Shoes that a woman can’t walk in, atrocious—no, unforgivable. Too much public skin. If you’re going to wear that much skin, you might as well become a nudist. But make sure to wear sunscreen.”
Pre-Fall is to fashion as fresh fruit is to Whole Foods:
“Fashion [has] become so global that the seasons really don’t mean what they used to. The demand for more deliveries has accelerated. Essentially, think of [Pre-Fall as] that beautiful fresh-picked tomato sitting on the supermarket shelf. Who wants the tomato on sale?”
Fashion is a team sport:
“Teamwork. Teamwork. Anybody who says they create on their own and build a business off of it is telling big fibs…Karl Lagerfeld has referred to being a fashion designer in today’s world as being an Olympic athlete.”
Lilacs + Tibetan singing bowls + short films = happiness:
“The fruity-tooty answer [to the happiest thing I can think of] would be: surrounded in a garden where the walls were completely made of fresh lilacs, in a bathtub filled with very intense sea salt, harpsichord music or Tibetan singing bowls, maybe playing some saws. And the reality of the happiest thing would be to be able to entertain friends and family and people who are close to me for a weekend in which we did a creative project together. I love collaborating and making short films; maybe one day it will lead to a feature.”
Dresses have feelings, too:
“Each [dress] has its own iconic identity. I can’t pick favorites, because then they would get jealous of each other.
Thanks to Zac Posen, Brooks Brothers might be shedding some of its country club clichés. WWD reports that the New York designer has been tapped as the creative director for women’s clothing and accessories. In his new role, Posen won’t be designing, per se, but will rather direct the collection’s development and presentations. “We want to better ourselves and have another point of view,” said Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers. “He’s someone we trust and admire for what he does, and he can add to what we’re already doing.”
Posen’s new hire comes seven years after Thom Brown joined Brooks Brothers as the head designer for Black Fleece, the brand’s more fashion-forward men’s collection. Known for his meticulous suiting, Browne was the natural choice for the role. Posen, on the other hand, is the go-to designer for dramatic red-carpet ball gowns, so we’re curious how he will address Brooks Brothers’ preppy, casual attire.
“I think people respond to the fact that they’re not just drawings, but sort of hidden cultural moments,” revealed Donald Robertson (a.k.a. Donald Drawbertson) at luxury retailer Curve‘s new gallery on Bond Street. The suburban dad-cum-Warholian artist (and head of creative development at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics by day) is talking about the Pop appeal of his loose-sketched, candy-colored fashion illustrations, a selection of which were placed on view with the help of host Carine Roitfeld at Nevena Borissova’s subterranean gallery last night.
The images, painted in sweeping, affection-laden lines on a single piece of paper that spans the entire length of the gallery space, are meant to lead the viewer from one fashion moment to another. “I’ll do Dita [Von Teese] and Zac Posen, whom I really love, in bright magenta, then to leave this color palette altogether and get into black and yellow. Then I’ll go into just black lines. And I usually do skinny chicks, then I’ll do full booty,” explained Robertson as we walked down the line.
Figures represent specific looks (a yellow streak on a willowy woman may reference Acne Studios’ boxy sunset Fall outerwear, for instance), as well as friends (Lisa Perry and Roitfeld are regulars) and the more-than-occasional style world moment. “I’ll see that Kanye West got married, and I’ll do a Kanye West post right away,” said Robertson, explaining that Instagram is both a major source of inspiration and a forum for his work. (He was nominated for the CFDA’s Instagrammer of the Year Award.) “It allows me to react to things as they happen.” The illustrations at Curve are an extension of this desire for instantaneous dialogue. Viewers at the shop and gallery can interact immediately: All of the sketches at Curve are shoppable—just scan the image and scan through a selection of corresponding looks.
“I’m constantly being bombarded by concepts and ideas,” said Robertson as the likes of Leandra Medine, Brian Atwood, and Ryan Korban milled in the background. “It’s not a political statement but a style statement through illustration.”
Not everyone at last night’s Met Gala knew the story of Charles James—not by a long shot. “He’s a new person for me,” admitted Hailee Steinfeld, who was utterly adorable in Prabal Gurung. “He’s someone I don’t know. I’m 25!” laughed a Michael Kors-clad Ming Xi when quizzed on the couturier. The evening’s DJ, Diplo, referred to Charles James: Beyond Fashion as “Fashion and the Thingamajig.” And when we asked Katie Couric about James, she jokingly replied, “I think he’s from the forties, isn’t he? Don’t ask me any more hard questions!” However, while not everyone was familiar with the details of James’ career, most everyone had seen the iconic 1948 Cecil Beaton photo, which features eight women in pastel James gowns. Or, as Hedwig and the Angry Inch‘s Lena Hall called it, “that Cecile photograph.” She made up for the slip with her charm, and by looking divine in a Jamesian Zac Posen number. “I’ve seen that photograph a lot. In fact, I think my mother has it on her wall. So when I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh, I guess I know more about him than I thought.’”
Gala chair Aerin Lauder had an even more personal story about the famed snap. “I own the Cecil Beaton photograph, but I didn’t know much about [James] before working on the event for a year.” It would seem many a starlet and socialite looked to said image for sartorial inspiration—so much so that we were able to re-create the photograph with some of the ladies from yesterday evening’s red carpet. Here, for your viewing pleasure, we give you a modern-day mockup of Beaton’s photo, starring TV chef and girlfriend to Governor Andrew Cuomo Sandra Lee’s gargantuan dress (a questionable blend of a James ball gown and his Butterfly design), Hall, Amy Adams, Katie Holmes, Liu Wen, Sarah Silverman, and more. You’re welcome.
Anyone who follows Zac Posen on Instagram knows he’s not only handy with a needle and thread. After a long day at his Tribeca atelier or the television studio—Project Runway won its first Emmy with Posen on the program—the designer goes home and whips up fabulous home-cooked meals, many of which he posts to his account for the delectation of his more than 423,000 followers. It will be no surprise when he lands his own cooking show. And we know what he should name it: CookingWithZac, of course, after the hashtag he uses for his food pics. In honor of Passover, Posen shares one of his favorite recipes. And no, it’s not brisket.
Passover Chocolate Mousse With Hazelnut Oil
Preparation time: 10 minutes; chill: 4 hours
* 7 ounces dark chocolate 70 percent cacao
* 1/2 cup hazelnut oil
* 1 vanilla bean, scraped
* 4 eggs, separated
* 2/3 cup powdered sugar (kosher)
* 1/3 cup brewed coffee
* pinch of kosher salt
Start melting the chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Let it cool at room temperature before adding the hazelnut oil, the scraped vanilla bean, and coffee. Set aside.
In a mixer bowl, beat the egg yolks and powdered sugar until the mixture is pale yellow, thick, and forms a ribbon. Add this to the chocolate mixture.
Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff but not dry-looking, then fold the whites into the chocolate.
Pour into dessert cups and refrigerate for at least four hours.
Sprinkle on some kosher salt right before serving.