Zac Posen Spring 2014: Red Carpet Gowns From Another Era Make A Statement, But Feel Stuck In Time [PHOTOS]

By Elle Fure September 9, 2013 12:49 PM EDT
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Zac Posen's Spring 2014 Collection stood out from the New York Fashion Week lineup - but for all the wrong reasons. While designers like Jason Wu and Alexander Wang harkened back to the '90s, Posen remained steadfast in his commitment to timeless attire. But despite his documented expertise with eveningwear, Posen's Spring 2014 performance missed the mark on modernity.

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Drawing inspiration from the Impressionists, Posen set out to create a collection that embodied "conceptual evening." Yet the creations that Posen sent down the catwalk seemed out of sync with the refined simplicity and architectural elements of modern-day red-carpet gowns. Choosing a muted color palette, Posen offered gowns that felt more bridal than best-dressed.

There were layers of tulle and organza, flamboyant ruffles and, overall, too many flourishes on gowns that didn't need all the bells and whistles. Although Posen did attempt a "more sculptural" approach than in seasons past, the dramatic proportions of his Spring 2014 collection - including one gown's overtly pronounced pleated shoulders and another's busy mermaid-like bottom - were too exaggerated to be embraced by sophisticated starlets.

To Posen's credit, his understated plissé dresses were sweet and sophisticated. And a super-structured peplum tuxedo jacket struck a much-needed contemporary chord. In the case of Posen's Spring 2014 Collection, less would have definitely been more.

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