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Monday, July 18th 2011

Zac Posen: The Pre-Fall Collection

Zac Posen dresses are immediately recognizable for the way they accent the wearer’s curves, and it’s no wonder: the native New Yorker’s first internship was at the Met’s Costume Institute, where he spent hours studying the construction of body-skimming dresses by Madame Vionnet, tracing seams and focusing on fit.

This attention to fit may have been sparked by Vionnet, but Zac Posen’s signature sense of the dramatic (nipped waists, eye-catching details, and glamorous ’40s-inspired silhouettes) is all his own. For his pre-fall collection, with its clean lines and black-heavy palette, the drama comes from leather and unexpected cutouts–but with a lookbook modeled by three sultry brunettes, including Crystal Renn, the effect is more sexy siren than edgy downtown girl.

--Tonya

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