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Insouciance was again a welcome central theme of Zac Posen’s Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection. Brilliant piano music courtesy of Steinway, who sponsored the show, and The 5 Browns, a marvelous troupe of brother and sister pianists, guided models as they traipsed down the runway in an array of ensembles that defined, rather than disguised, each woman. Every embellishment was purposeful; a kind of frivolous efficiency marks the collection, seemingly an affair between Victoriana, and a Zac favorite — the 1940s, an era that marked the emergence of women in a myriad of roles. Worn, grown-up florals, gold-flecked burnt orange mohair suiting, swaths of languid moire, and exuberant oxidized gold fabric all came out to play on Posen’s runway.
Sigrid Agren wore a gold broadtail overcoat with exaggerated shoulders and abbreviated sleeves that let a metal plisse skirt make an appearance that was anything but shy from underneath. The articulate marigold necklace just sinks into the voluptuous Venetian blue blouse, courted by mink panels on both sides. Zac transformed the dainty-featured model into a modern, eclectic Julie Christie in Doctor Zhivago with a penchant for the finer things. Another highlight of the collection was the textured antique gold, practically one step from resembling rope, present in a stunning gown with a regal neckline and finished off with Posen’s signature impeccable tailoring.