Zac Posen’s Pre-Fall 2017 Collection Is a Review of His Last Year

Pre-seasonal collections can also function as contemplative moments, in which fashion designers may celebrate their own creative path in the industry, as seen, for example, in the latest Zac Posen pre-fall 2017 collection.

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

One of Hollywood’s most acclaimed designers, Zac Posen actually is no stranger to “contemplative” pre-fall collections, as he took the previous Zac Posen pre-fall 2016 and 2015 lineups as a way to review and reinvent some of his main ready-to-wear shows, with the purpose of perfecting his proposals and learning from this ongoing process as a result.

Although he usually draws inspiration from his previous ready-to-wear collections, for his Zac Posen pre-fall 2017 collection, he decided to travel even more back in time, combining elements from his big debut on the schedule in 2001 with Forties-inspired motifs.

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

While the latter already appears to be a strong and steady pre-fall must-have motif (Bottega Veneta and Erdem, just to name a few, all drew inspiration from the Forties for their pre-fall 2017 collections), the fact that Posen wanted to pay homage and revisit his very own debut is particularly interesting.

When Zac Posen finally debuted his ready-to-wear collection, he was already well known for a dress entirely made of thin leather stripes, which granted him a place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for the “Curvaceous” exhibit. That being said, his first fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection quickly became an instant success, although receiving mixed reviews.

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

Maybe starting from the latter, or maybe just to give us a “grown up” point of view on the collection that made him internationally famous, Zac Posen took his fall 2002 RTW collection and transposed it to a retro-active present, focusing, however, on a less multicolored palette and on a different inspirational decade.

While he mostly utilized pops of rich colors and Thirties-inspired references for his debut runway show, for this pre-fall 2017 collection, he embraced more dark-toned hues, which ultimately remind us of the dark times of the Forties.

For the Zac Posen pre-fall 2017 lineup, he dipped all of his proposals in blacks, browns, and off-whites, with only a few off-yellow and petrol blue garments (slightly) reinvigorating the scene. The collection also featured delicate floral prints that, despite their conventional joviality, exuded melancholic, dark-toned vibes anyways.

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

As for the silhouettes and figures utilized, Posen managed to translate Thirties signature elements, such as cascades of ruffles, fitted bodices, and fishtail trains, to their Forties-inspired counterparts, with ruffles becoming pleated cuts on skirts, fitted bodices evolving into red carpet-ready mermaid dresses, and fishtail trains becoming natural extensions of floor-length evening frocks. A few ruffles are, however, to be found, too, yet at this time used as embellishments on floral midi dresses and flirty cocktail outfits.

Another analogy between such collections lies in the fabrics Posen used to refinish his items. To treat us to (of other times) diva-like must-haves, Posen infused his pre-fall 2017 lineup with loads of tulle and luxurious fabrics aplenty, making it hard for us to pick a favorite piece among such a dream array of clothes.

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

Photos courtesy of Vogue

Recent Posts

Eva Longoria To Show Her First Collection At NYFW

The New York Fashion Week is just weeks away. Starting from September 7 we’ll have one week to enjoy the shows of some of the greatest designers in the world. Although New York fashion week...

Double Up on Denim This Fall Like a Celebrity

Denim is a timeless fabric, that never goes out of style. Pieces made of denim such as jeans, skirts, and jackets will always be our go-to items for many different occasions. So many everyday essentials...

15 Color-Changing Lip Products That Are Cool AF!

While some cosmetic companies are still trying to perfect the ultimate highlight palette, other brands have channeled their energy and creativity into something surprisingly youthful: color-changing makeup! Does it sound scary? Well don't fret, the formulas...

Taraji P. Henson is a Golden Diva in Her New MAC Viva Glam Campaign

The amazing Taraji P. Henson and MAC teamed up on a second makeup collection, as a part of their Viva Glam line. In the official pictures Taraji channels a 70’s look inspired by Diana Ross. The...

Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s Style Similarities

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has a seamless style. Often times she takes style inspiration from one of the greatest royal icons of all times, the never forgotten Princess Diana. We can’t blame Kate...