Zac Posen Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 09, 2013

Zac Posen Spring 2014 Collection




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  • This is at least 3 different collections. Only one of which I like. Mostly it is self indulgent, precious, and fussy looking.

    • kittenwithaquip

      Okay, so it’s not just me. I was scrolling thinking that it was a collection full of various looks, all kinda regurgitated up in shiny fabric. Posen mashed up a few ideas, squished them together then flounced them down a runway.

      It makes me question his taste level.

      • RoseJB

        I see what you did there 🙂

    • Clueless_Jock

      Yes, the glam often crosses over into silliness. Most of these dresses would benefit from having one or two design elements removed.

      • Soooo true. Nearly everything is over wrought.

      • Jackie4g

        Yes! I often wonder when I see, for example, the Marquesa stuff, if they all couldn’t benefit from a little editing. See, so much has been done already that coming up with a new twist to an established line seems to mean more of the particular detail, more flouncing, more chopping up of the surface area, although not always in the right place and not always sense-making. As opposed to sensible, which no fashion item ever is.

    • BitterOldQueen

      Couldn’t agree more. Collection 1: Some alarmingly twee pretty little dresses; Collection 2: An assortment of quite lovely gowns; Collection 3: Random dresses and gowns with tablecloths bunched up around the top. Bless Zac’s heart.

      • Rhonda Shore

        i was thinking linen/cloth napkins…with no regard for a woman’s figure.

      • DuBey2

        collection 3 seemed to have heavy drapery (a cornice piece) ballooning out from the top. I can’t imagine them looking good on ANYone.
        I don’t get it. I used to like Zac P, but admit I have not followed him in a while. These looks depressed me and a few make me do a tiny gag. Not a gasp but a gag.

      • yulaffin

        Yes, bunched up tablecloths (or shower curtains), just hideous.

    • tereliz

      The “dresses” where the models are choking on flounces… WTF? Even the models know they look horrible.

      • Yeah, the giant mint green pot scrubbie made me laugh outloud.

        • marlie

          Strangely enough, I sort of love that one. But now that you’ve said “green pot scrubber,” that’s all I can see.

          • Michelle Newell

            It’s all valances and dust ruffles to me.

      • rainwood1

        It’s like bed skirts for women. And I kept thinking if some PR designer did that, Zac would put them in the bottom 3 as being seriously unflattering.

      • decormaven

        The beige one that is 14th from the bottom- that model should have gotten hazard pay for showing that look.

        • oyeyemi808


    • Part of the collection is: Shoulder Frippery, inspired by (or for) Christina Hendricks.

    • Levedi

      The make up distracted me to the point where I started missing the dresses. Half these girls look like I do when I role out of bed at 4am to catch an early flight. The other half, especially the darker ones, look like they were hit between the eyes with a powder puff and the powder wasn’t even blended in. (Okay, props to Posen for having women of color, but the make up is still a problem.)

    • jen

      Well put!

  • M. H. Leader

    You know, there are some very beautiful clothes here (I’m particularly fond of that cherry-red dress–Yum!). But there are a lot of others that are overworked, overwrought, and overfussy. I’m thinking that this may change my opinion on the PR finalists because at least one designer in those mock collections had a few looks that looked like they could have fit right in with Zac’s collection. I’m betting that may well change judges’ perceptions of the finalists.

    But I do like that cherry-red dress. Gorgeous.

    EDITED to clarify: I’m referring to the first cherry-red one in the list, the knee-length dress. That’s my favorite look.

    • Kate

      I liked the cherry-red dress too, but then I noticed the inverted nipple darts.

      • marlie

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw that.

      • GreenTurtle

        I wanted to like it, but am unable to like anything with those annoying paired vertical ruffles that are reminiscent of, ahem, some lady parts.

    • Beardslee

      Me too. A dress to wear on Valentine’s Day.

  • TamraLS

    The next to last dress looks like an updated version of Ariel’s prom dress in the original Footloose. And not in a good way…

  • zenobar

    14th from the bottom looks like an Awkward Family Photo.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    Some of these are really beautiful and some are over done in the way you’d expect from Zac.

    I’m loving the fact that our very own Princess Puffysleeves has my favorite collection so far. Product Runway needs to get back to its roots.

  • gabbilevy

    Some pretty, lots of ugly, too much bedroom wear.

  • MilaXX

    REALLY!!! This is part overworked mess, part adult sized versions of children’s dresses, and one tiny part nice. Overall underwhelming, it’s too many ruffles in the worn proportions. Also why would you put Coca in that color dress? It’s nearly the same color as her skin and does nothing to showcase one of the few nice dresses in the collection. Conversely, why put the model with green hair in a purple dress? She looks like a an ode to The Joker.

  • alyce1213

    It’s kind of all over the place. Some are pretty, some over-conceptualized, and a few bedsheets.

  • LJCdoc

    At least 3 of these made me laugh out loud.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    A lot of them look like a bunch of fabric tied up around the shoulders, which is starting to slip down as the models walk. Not my favorite collection.

  • Lori

    #16 looks like the model is being consumed by a carnivorous plant.

    • poggi

      Judging by the look on her face, she is too. She looks frightened.

  • hughman

    “Do you have anything that looks like I hiked a square dance skirt up under my arms? You do? Great! Oh, and please make sure it pushes my boobs down weird, kay? Thanksloveyameanit!”

    • TAGinMO

      “…And I can’t lift my arms from my sides? SQUEEE!!!!”

  • Frank_821

    Wow this shocking. The only common point is it’s all very girly but in a paper doll kind of way

    Also I think some of the models were wrong for the dresses. A lot of things dresses and gowns are very pale in color and you have these even more pale girls that get washed out. He needed more darker skin models to make the dresses (the good ones) pop

    • Yes – I am seeing some pretty if slightly-overwrought dresses, and some girls whose mothers shoved them into those dresses to be their cousin’s bridesmaid. They all look like they’ll be in black tshirts and ripped jeans the minute the reception is over.

      • lonepear

        I have fond memories of ripping the hoop out of a hoop skirt the moment the wedding pictures were finished, along with my cousin’s other bridesmaids. I am not sure there’s anything that could be done with these repurposed tablecloths…

      • RidgewayGirl

        Yes! I was thinking that much of this collection looks like mother-of-the-bride meets Once Upon a Time.

  • kimmeister

    Dang, that’s a lot of geegaws in the hair.

    Anyway, the only one that particularly stands out to me is the 3rd from the bottom. That one’s gorgeous. A couple of the looks are causing serious titscrepancies.

  • Meredith

    The hair is making some seem costumey and some seem costumey AND punk. Usually I like this hair treatment because it’s fun, but I think it’s hijacking the looks here.

    • Kate

      I agree, a cohesive look does not mean that every model has to have the same hair. It just looks ridiculous with some of those dresses

  • jmorino08

    What in the name of TLo is with those tiered, bed skirt dresses?!? The look on the model’s face in the pic with the champagne colored monstrosity makes it all worth while, though!

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    There are some interesting pieces here (3rd from the bottom, gorgeous) however, there seem to be a few of them that look more tortured than I’d expect from Posen. And oh boy is there a lot of ruffles and chiffon.

  • Nancer

    I love some of these, they made me say “oooh…” in a good way. Others – not so much. Check the 24th one from the top – I think her expression says it all. Yet I really want one of those floaty gowns – is that chiffon? I want to feel what it’s like to walk along and have all of that beautiful fabric wafting around you!

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    I’m thinking bad boudoir. And does that dark red dress have preformed nipples on it?

  • Danielle

    Fussy fairy princess.

  • Romantic but overly fussy. Now I get why he’s always praising Kate’s looks, on PR. Her shit looks exactly like this, damn near always.

    • CommentsByKatie

      Seriously. She might have a job on the Posen team!

  • Jacquelyn

    I think the hair styling is a bit much, the flowers (butterflies?) in the hair is going a titch overboard with the fantastical mythic theme I think Zac is working with. However, I *love* most of these dresses. That strapless red one and the slinky spaghetti strap red one need to be in my closet by morning. K thanx.

  • ugh, no. the dress with the nipple darts and the labia ruffle? Can we not zac?

  • TAGinMO

    I just can’t with the Country Christian boob-lampshades.

  • Outer space Victorian jellyfish Oscar gowns. Christina Hendricks is probably eyeing these already!

    ETA: Firefly Companion costumes, DUH!

  • Nicholas

    Most if it looks like something out of a Project Runway challenge of crafting something out of gift wrap, but I like the defined corset-like bodices on some of the dresses.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    The looks on the model’s faces are priceless. 7th dress down, seriously who is that dress for other than Honey Boo Boo?

  • Based off this collection, Zac should be fired from his “Project Runway” duties. My word. Pure nonsense.

    ETA: I looked at it again just to make sure I wasn’t trippin’. Save for, like, two dresses, this collection isn’t doing anything for me. It’s trying way too hard.

    • oekmama

      ROFLMAO. Maybe he ran out of time.

      • demidaemon

        From an interview he gave before his show, that seems like a distinct possibility.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Wow, I really adore most of this. I do tend to dress a little Victorian-y, with florals and fussiness, so this is right up my alley. I agree that some of it is overworked, and the Reverse Venus Flytrap dresses are totally hideous. There are some beautiful clothes in there, though. Stacey Keibler, don’t miss that silver dress!

  • Nan

    He seems to have chest issues. Or more correctly, his collection does. There are some real clumsy busts here, and I don’t mean the ones where the chests are buried in heavy and awkwardly oversized layers.

  • 909girl601world

    Hunh. For all of his annoying whining, complaining and putting down of the work he does on Project Runway I expected to be wowed by his collection. Now I like him even less than I did before I saw this.

  • YoungSally

    The styling reminds me of Santino’s lingerie collection.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    That blue dress, third from the top, I have completely fallen in love with. Unfortunately, he’s taken some really cute elements and gone WAY too far on some of those dresses. But what he hasn’t, is breathtaking.

  • LipstickForPigs

    Was this inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, because all I see are flappy labia. Pretty, but still vaginal.

    • “flappy labia” pretty sure those are words one should never want used in the description of their life’s work. Shame it’s spot on correct in this case.

    • Lucas

      LOL. I can kinda see that.

  • Sarah

    There are a bunch of Xanadu muses in there. And a couple of ladies who are being swallowed by bedspreads. But I’m not hating it – some of those looks on the right lady could be really beautiful.

    • Michelle Wilson

      HAAA. Xanadu muses sans handkerchief hemlines is just about the perfect descriptor for this collection.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    Ms. Posen, I question your taste level.

  • there are a couple of nice enough pieces, but i dont love the overall vibe here. very satin-bridesmaid-princess.

    • golden_valley

      Exactly! I was thinking bridal collection through most of these dresses.

  • In_Stitches

    To use baseball terminology-a couple grand slams, a whole lot of ground balls to the first baseman.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Too much flounce.

  • majorbedhead

    Those range from nice to WTFuckery pretty quickly. And the red number has inverted nipple darts. Always a good look. Oy.

  • MzzPants

    Gorgeous femininity. I’ll be curious to see how these looks play out on the red carpet, if any of them get there.

  • silaria

    This collection tells me that Zac doesn’t really understand or celebrate the female form, but he sure does love flowy fabric.

  • GorgeousThings

    Award show and bridal dresses. And WHAT is up with that poofy curtain at the boobs?

  • Ramon Figueroa

    OMG. The frippery, frippery, fuckery of it all!

  • Michelle Wilson

    Wow. Anna Cleveland is quite a special little snowflake, yeah? Love the color palette of this collection but a lot of it feels over designed. My favorites are probably the penultimate gown and the one just before that. He kept the bodice relatively simple on the one Bruna is wearing and the dark pink gown is beautifully girly and soft but with half the pleats and frippery of the others. Or maybe it’s because all the frippery is in that light sheer fabric and therefore not as bulky.

    • myristica_fragrans

      that’s such an awful shot of her!

      • Michelle Wilson

        It’s bound to happen when you walk every runway like Norma Desmond looking for her light.

        • myristica_fragrans

          she’s trying to be her mom and failing. she needs to figure out whoever the fuck she is, and do that.

  • rtuko

    I’m loving that he’s a judge on PR when most of these are commercial, “just another pretty dress” and not particularly cohesive as a collection. That said, I’d wear the shit out of some of these dresses…

  • Boulderista

    Christina Hendricks should hook up with Zac Posen …. some of these looks (but not all!) would look amazing on her as long as they were well tailored and the dresses deliver all the frippery she so seems to like.

    • Michelle Wilson

      She was front row at his show and he made it a point to have his photo taken with her afterwards, so I guess they have figured this out and we’ll be seeing her wearing more of his designs on future runways.

  • Kate4queen

    Some of it I love the rest is too fussy even for me.

  • Synnamin

    the only one I like is #13; and, judging from the model’s expression, she’s thinking, “awwww yeah. I got the best dress out of them all. Suck it, bitches!”

    Seriously, there is some epic overworked, tired, dated fussiness right there

  • greenwich_matron

    a lot of them make tiny model-boobs look saggy and misshapen. Others look like Marie Antoinette’s table cloths.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    The green one with all the levels looked like Sigmund the Sea Monster. The entire collection looks like baby spit up… Blach…here’s a dress the color of strained peas….Blach…here’s a dress the color of peach berry surprise. It was too much…yuck.

  • marlie

    Like Kiltdntiltd said, there are three different collections here. One is the lovely Grecian-inspired, 40s or 50s era dresses and gowns that are evocative of simple, classic elegance (#s 1, 12, 14, 17, 19, 23).

    Then there’s the “typical Posen” looks with a few too many design elements, and slightly-less-than-perfect execution. #9 would be a gorgeous dress if it weren’t for the.. um.. inverted nipples. Because PLEASE tell me that’s not supposed to be that way. Same goes for #33, with the satin pulling and puckering a little too much. But the rest in this group (#5, 13, 15) are gorgeous. The green dress made up of ruffles/flounces/whatever (#16) is really quite beautiful.

    And then there are the ‘straight-up over-wrought, way out of nowhere, looks like they came from another designer’ dresses. Either another designer, or a fashion student.

  • thecitysleeps

    So ruffles are the only type of design element in existence? Jesus Christ, Zac.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Very girlie, and not in a good way.

  • Belvane

    Is it just me, or does dress 13 look like Jabba the Hutt?

  • rkdgal

    Because so many women are just clamoring to dress like Aunt Mildred’s bedside table skirt!

  • greyhoundgirl

    I thought the “tablecloth” dresses were silly but kind of fun. Runway only. Or maybe to use when you’re nursing your baby and don’t want anyone else to see.

    • janierainie

      That could be dangerous. A baby could get lost in there.

  • LaSylphide

    Nine, 13, 15: love. Sixteen, 24, 34, 35: the ruffle that ate Manhattan (that poor model in 24 looks scared to death, like she’s being digested or something). The rest: some OK, but most are overwrought.

  • Sunraya

    I like the soft, chiffon-y looking short dresses. Those dresses with the flounces on the front? I can’t wait see who wears them? They are just ilarious!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Overworked, overruffled, tortured and in all these faded, old-fashioned colors and strange fabric that likes look Orlon… I am imagining depressed high school girls in the early 1970s, weeping into their pillows because they didn’t have dates to prom and their moms made them go with their cousins and wear reworked bridesmaid dresses from the 50s.

  • bogill

    Is Zac designing for Ru Pual now?

  • conniemd

    Some strangely old pieces with giant bodice layers. Nonetheless, I feel Zac is a designer who loves making women look beautiful and feminine. Even if not original, I feel women could put on a Zac Posen dress and twirl and walk and prance and sing “I feel beautiful.”

  • joything

    Send me the jacket in #26, I’ll pair it with skinny black pants and look all frumpy and mature like Nicole Kidman.

  • Jacob Bowen

    WHAT THE HECK is that crazy front pleat disaster?!?! It looks like EVERYTHING I imagine a woman WOULDN’T want to wear!

  • FunButNutz

    Has he started selling dresses by the pound?

  • cocohall

    Apparently Disney has a new Princess and Zac has been hired to dress her. And the doll world has a new Crazy Cousin (Bedlam Barbie) and he’s working overtime to outfit her as well. I can’t even conjure up a cohesive personality for the “third” Posen look here. “Who IS this girl and where IS she going?????”

  • Aidan B

    So…anyone else picking up a “Marchesa” vibe here? Just me?

  • KT

    Ugh. Nothing looks modern, almost all of the colors are depressing and/or old-fashioned, and everything is as fussy as Zac Posen himself seems to be. To throw two Kors-isms into one sentence, these ladies look either “mother of the bride” or “shipwrecked.” There are few pieces in here that I would want to wear, especially with the far more exciting DVF and Nicole Miller collections in the mix.

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  • Imasewsure

    I love the first dress and the simple sheath dresses but the rest is frippery and lamp shades.

  • crash1212

    I did not respond well to this collection. At all. Way too fussy and ‘saloon girl’ for my taste.

    • CKMia

      Funny, I refer to his designs as “Saloon Chic”. Not into it either.

  • CKMia

    In fashion one day you’re in, the next day you’re out. Auf Wiedersehen, Zac. .

  • martha

    #34 scares me…

  • CatherineRhodes

    Half these pieces are scary and really unfortunate. The other half are boring and uninspired. The fact that this guy is qualified to judge any design competition is beyond me.

    • Kimberlini

      He seemed to shut right down when the Duchess arrived.

  • quiltrx

    Some really pretty looks…and some really droopy looks…and some Baby Jane Hudson (yikes) looks..and some really ‘skirt as top’ looks…and at least two Bride of Frankenstein looks.
    I feel like there are too many ideas here. Even references to too many fashion eras. Maybe he had too much coffee.

  • Big Bear

    Valances for everybody!

  • most of this is frightening

  • demidaemon

    I think I see why Zac like Kate so much now. And it’s not a good reason. At all.

  • PastryGoddess

    sometimes less is more. Also overwrought is not a compliment

  • Akmall Razlan

    Some of those grey fabrics are not make the cut into red carpet. I do not know. A few are amazing, but his works are total amazing! the tailoring amazing! all and all, I love it. very much. it took months to complete such difficult cut-outs and incredible sewing. Amazing!

  • Frank

    Didn’t someone already design the 4th from the bottom dress? Christian Siriano? A Project Runway contestant? I swear I’ve seen it before (and not higher up in the show:P )

  • lonepear

    That sage green number will be just perfect for going to Heidi Klum’s Halloween party as a giant toilet paper cosy.

  • wontons

    I want to base a script on this collection. Working title: “Runaway Bridesmaids.” A bunch of disgruntled attendants from five weddings get swept away to an enchanted tent in the desert, where… I dunno.

    Ooo! Maybe it’s a Battle Royale/Hunger Games scenario with the Runaway Bridesmaids versus the Runaway Prom Queens.

    Cameo by Debbie Harry as Viridian Lampshade, the evil sorceress.

  • buttercup


  • editrixie

    So…this is what a couple of seasons on Project Runway does to you?

  • bingo

    the boob curtains are frightening. some of the fabrics are really stunning.

  • Oh, lots of pretty here! I would seriously knock Coco down for that first dress in my size!

  • cindiaune

    Was his inspiration bad prom dresses through the ages?
    Mostly a big fat No!

  • Therese Bohn

    Is he working for Marchesa now? Why anyone would want to dress like a wilted cabbage is beyond me. I think one would be doubled over after an hour in that mess! And the dresses in 17 and 28 are fine for Greek or Victorian nighties!

    I like 1,3,9,10,13,14,19,22,23,25, & 26. 25 looks straight out of a James Bond movie.

  • Kent Roby

    If he designed this collection for one woman, it would be Sybil.

    • rage_on_the_page

      Right? Some show so much restraint, and others…look like Zac Posen designed them. Boob curtains are no girl’s friend.

  • nyazgirl


  • Bwin51

    Pretty bad.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The usual: pretty, feminine, fussy. Until you hit the green garbage-monster dress, and the ruffles just keep coming! They’re eating every boob in sight!

    Those are some of the saddest purples I’ve ever seen.

  • formerlyAnon

    There are maybe 20% of these that will be gorgeous and inspired on the right body. About 40% are firmly in the WTF was he thinking category, and the remainder trend negative for overly and pointlessly fussy.

  • carolclark12

    And he gets to be a judge on Project Runway??!!??

  • spooki C

    SO MUCH FUG. I about lost it on that red dress where the bust seem has dents right where the poor girl’s nipples are. Also, bath poofs should never be a source of inspiration for fashion.

    Gross dusty dresses that look like the hand me down crap I had in my dress up trunk as a kid.

    • Virginia Zint

      I was shocked by the nipples and then completely lost it in the huge labia on the front.

  • oh my goodness….umm….no. Just no. He is one step below Marchesa in my hate book. There are a few that are pretty dresses (but just that, not fashion – 12 and 13 come to mind) but the rest. Look 16! Can you imagine the fun we would make of someone wearing that tablecloth origami?

  • KaytJ

    Those heavy flouncy tops look like they’re going to pull the dresses right down with sheer weight of fabric. Not a fan of the collection overall but I found a few of the more plain and wearable pieces to be okay, in a very shiny, very girly way. And in the 16th look ( the poofy green one) I see a squatting toad’s face. Every time.

  • Susan Collier

    Was his inspiration the wedding section of a 1977 JC Penney catalog? It’s amazing that it just got uglier as I scrolled down.

  • Fannie Wolston

    Amazing tailoring and cut outs aside, this collection is ready to wear only if one gets sucked into the vortex of a maelstrom. Clearly Zac’s gone down the rabbit hole here

  • Shawn EH

    Clearly he has personally shoved Isaac Mizrahi out of their narrow little territory of the fashion world.

  • andreawey

    lots of 70s and 80s elements especially in the sleeves… and not in a good way….

  • Jane

    Is it or are this models extremely skinny especially the last one. I think the dress weighs more than she does. Not a fan of the models he chose at all those dresses are soft and feminine they shouldn’t be worn by sticks assembled together to make women. Yuck