Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Words, Images Judith Ecochard

We knew we were in for a wonderfully posh affair as soon as we saw the five Steinway & Sons grand pianos lined up on the runway-prior to the Zac Posen runway show.

And as soon as the first notes were struck by the sibling artists, the 5 Browns (the guys Greg and Ryan handsomely attired in Tom Ford black tails)…and three lovely pianists Melodie, Desirae, and Deondra bejeweled in custom Zac Posen sparkly evening gowns…it was one ornate ensemble after another that strutted down the runway.

The clothes were elegant Victorian in flavor (channeling Edith Wharton-Henry James IMHO as in an “Ember Wool Drawing Room Jacket”) for a “romantic, mystical and raw” feel---with fitted silhouettes (1940’s) emphasizing a gals’ curve.

There’s plenty of Red Carpet type silk gowns (a knockout “Silver Metallic Alchemy Gown”),

lovely silk dresses, evening coats (an “Onyx Quilted Organza Petal Coat”) and luxe flirty skirted suits paired with ruffled blouses to wear. The color palette was warm and softly toned----- as in warm dove grey, cameo pink, and Venetian blues.

The fabrics were stunning. Luxurious light and heavy textiles like moiré silk, delicate crotchet, French lace, ethereal sequined mohair wool and wools begged to be touched.

We were coveting the Manolo Blahnik’s crystal studded boots and Wolford’s Swarovski crystal-strewn hosiery that glammed up the already lovely outfits.

FUN MOMENT: Model Coco Rocha’s positively Naomi Campbell hip swiveling romp down the runway…caused one of the Italian photographers to cry out:

“Now that’s a woman.

Laughter ensued…even the stunning model cracked a smile…but being a true pro---regrouped immediately--- and struck a pose as soon as she got in front of the packed media pit.