Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2013 Ad Campaign

Sometimes the games children play are a good indication of the kind of career they’ll pursue as an adult. Zac Posen, for instance, was a Lego maniac, and while his obsession didn’t lead to a life in architecture, you can’t say he doesn’t work in construction. The corseted dresses he makes for day and night are so intricately built that they create curves where there are none and rein in the ones that do exist so as to cut a consistently flattering figure. In his mind, every woman should look like Dovima.

Recently Posen has kept his focus on enhancing women’s silhouettes and concentrated less on theatrics (though he’d never forgo them entirely—see the pale pink confection in his studio with a voluminous tiered skirt worthy of The Nutcracker’s Mother Matrushka). Pre-fall was a great example of Posen’s abilities as he turned out slimming, suck-you-in dresses in autumnal tones with jewelry necklines (a burgeoning signature) and pipe-cleaner arms. “It’s non-stretch, but it has power netting under the seaming and a zipper so you can actually hail a taxi,” he said of the seemingly skintight sleeves on a willowy cocktail dress in a becoming brown tulip-print jacquard. Although, unable to resist a little drama, he created the illusion of volume on one black number by attaching billowing pieces of chiffon to the sleeves.

But it’s suits, Posen mentioned, that are emerging as his best sellers and he’s perfected his nip-waist jacket and pencil skirt. This season he showed a va-va-voom look in cocoa-colored stretch leather. It all went to prove that, for someone who grew up a lover of blocks, Posen has figured out how to work a curve. via:

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