It wasn't that long ago Zac Posen claimed to have outgrown New York -- or so he said. The boy wonder who quickly wowed the crowds at the Bryant Park tents of yore with dresses that were sometimes frillier than a wedding cake, sometimes sleeker than satin, uprooted and brought his show to Paris to play with the big boys. But after a bumpy season in Paris he was embraced on his Sunday night return to New York. Just outside Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with the plaza fountain gushing in the background, he opened with demure cocktail dresses, but quickly progressed to the main course: luscious evening gowns.
There was more than a glimmer of old Hollywood to these highly-structured mermaid gowns with tulle spilling out at the train. No doubt actresses will begin choosing their award season dresses shortly. Paris' loss is New York's gain. The only fault, if it can be called one, is that there was little risk to these gowns. Regardless, it was a grand, lovely return.