The moments leading up to Zac Posen's Spring/Summer 2013 runway show were anything but calm. A near fashion stampede took place as guests bottle-necked at check-in. The show started late -- even by New York Fashion Week standards. But once the it did start, Posen again demonstrated his talent for making dresses that are both beautiful and technically daring. Set to a languid soundtrack of 1940s and 1950s ballads, his models sauntered serenely down the terrace of Avery Fisher Hall overlooking the plaza at Lincoln Center in 1940's-inspired day dresses that were effortlessly executed in chiffon. The models wearing the dresses equally classic -- Naomi Campbell, Angela Lindvall, Karolina Kurkova.
The combination of the pacing of the models, the music, and the cocktail dresses felt like a Douglas Sirk movie come to life. But it was Posen's gowns that enraptured. Ball gowns fit for red carpet royalty of triple layered chiffon, organza, and taffeta gently floated by spectators such as Gina Gershon and Loudres Leon. As the sun set over this glamourous scene, those pre-show complaints disappeared as well.