Fall Fashion Preview

Zac Posen and supermodel Naomi Campbell have fashion week fun

Zac Posen and supermodel Naomi Campbell have fashion week fun

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Zac Posen and Naomi Campbell were all smiles at the end of his show. Photo by Emmie Ko
Model Alek Wek in Zac Posen gown from fall 2015 collection
Supermodel Alek Wek has a golden moment at the Zac Posen show in a saffron open back mink top and jersey cutout skirt. Courtesy photo
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Model Anne Cleveland modeled an emerald silk evening gown with point cutouts at the waist. Photo by Emmie Ko
Suit from Zac Posen fall 2015 collection
The Zac Posen fall collection includes this plum bonded crepe and burnt-orange mink jacket and crepe skirt. Courtesy photo
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Zac Posen silver hand-beaded embroidered bugle bead gown with V neckline. Photo by Emmie Ko
Alek Wek in Zac Posen dress look 1 of fall collection
Supermodel Alek Wek opened the Zac Posen show in a flirty jersey dress. Courtesy photo
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Zac Posen pink geometric flower hand-embroidered cocktail dress. Photo by Emmie Ko
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Zac Posen ethereal blue hand-embroidered bugle-bead cocktail dress. Photo by Emmie Ko
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Zac Posen burgundy double-face silk cashmere coat, embroidered cardigan, straight-legged trousers ad mink scarf.   Photo by Emmie Ko
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Zac Posen and Naomi Campbell, who closed the show in a ruby glitter flocked taffeta bustier ball gown. Photo by Emmie Ko
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Model Alek Wek in Zac Posen gown from fall 2015 collection
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Suit from Zac Posen fall 2015 collection
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Alek Wek in Zac Posen dress look 1 of fall collection
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9 Emmie Ko Fashion Week New York fall 2015 Zac Posen February 2015
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Zac Posen sure knows how to put on a show. Since he burst on the scene 15 years ago as a young fashion prodigy, Posen has always put a special emphasis on presentation and pizzazz, the better to showcase his colorful, often retro-tinged designs.

Now, at the relatively advanced age of 34, Posen continues to dazzle, drawing a celebrity front row for his fall 2015 show at New York Fashion Week in the palatial surroundings of Grand Central Station's Vanderbilt Hall. That included Rihanna, who slipped in with a large entourage just as the show began; Mary J. Blige; Mad Men's Christina Hendricks; and Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba. They gasped in delight and spontaneously burst into applause as supermodel Naomi Campbell appeared in a ruby metallic princess gown with a voluminous skirt, looking like the good witch in Wicked, to close the show.

Posen, who sometimes veers toward the fussy, has stripped out some of his excess, and the results are impressive.

The Campbell gown notwithstanding, this collection is leaner and less bejeweled than some previous efforts. The designer, who sometimes veers toward the fussy, has stripped out some of his excess, and the results are impressive.

Jersey gowns in jewel tones are cut close to the body; other more sparkly numbers are sometimes gathered at the waist for special effect. Dramatic model Anna Cleveland, in a dark emerald gown with cutout points at the waist, stopped mid-runway and twirled to show the fluidity of Posen's construction.

There are plenty of elegant day looks for work in the office or lunching with the ladies too. Supermodel Alek Wek opened the show in a flirty two-tone burgundy dress that is great for either occasion. More opportunities for day dressing include chic two-piece suits; tailored slacks in shades of burgundy, plum and green; a tiger-print cashmere cardigan; and coats of varying lengths.

Before the show, Posen met with a select group of American Express Platinum cardholders who took advantage of a special opportunity to attend the show and visit the designer's studio for a special shopping excursion the next day.

Among the group were Houston-area hand surgeon Dr. Emmie Ko and her teenage daughter Allison. "My daughter is thinking about a career in fashion and we both love Zac Posen," Emmie Ko explained. "[He does] clean lines, modern, he's on Project Runway, great personality, entertaining."

"I like his ideas, how he views fashion, what he's trying to create is really interesting," Allison Ko said. 

During the show, Emmie Ko, an avid photographer, took some photos, which she provided to CultureMap for this story.

Katherine Levy, who recently moved to New York from Dallas, was also thrilled to see the show. "I love the colors, the movement, the textures, the jersey he is doing really sounds interesting," she said.