Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen said he wanted his lower-priced Z Spoke collection to speak to women with one-track minds. "I've made a lot of pieces that can seduce and that will secure the deal," he told British Vogue.

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

"The dresses will be iconic, architectural and anatomical," the designer promised. "We want to be the go-to destination for when women want to feel hot to trot."


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

If by "seduce" Posen meant "smother into submission by the application of ruffles and rickrack," well, he was bang on. (Pun intended.)


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Posen's prints were very pretty — as were the prints for his Target collection of earlier this year. A multi-colored print of tiny cartoon faces turned up on shirts, dresses, scarves and bags.


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

In some of the pieces, sharp tailoring cut the cutesiness. I could see throwing on one of Posen's neat little dresses (especially a princess-seamed number with a collar that matched the faces print with a navy blue skirt).


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Well-fitting jackets and wide-legged pants are fundamentally a lot sexier than ill-considered lace insertions and cut-outs.


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Anna Cleveland, the daughter of the supermodel Pat, stalked the runway in a long dress with a plunging neckline and a black jacket. Actually, she didn't stalk — she shimmied, vamped, winked, slung her hips from side to side, and even worked in a twirl. A source told us that hadn't been the direction, but that Posen, watching on the monitors backstage, loved the campy touch.


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Crystal Renn walked in a yellow ruffled strapless jumpsuit, and while she looked magisterial on the runway, even she couldn't quite make the outfit work.


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

The shoes posed challenges both practical and aesthetic. Ataui Deng fell on the runway. (She quickly recovered and appeared unhurt.) And while I liked the fact that the wooden platform heels had a kind of colorful floral decoupage, the footwear didn't need to also be covered in rows of leather ruffles, extraneous straps, and studs. The boots even had peep-toes.


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

That's sort of the problem with Zac Posen: he suffers from a surfeit of good ideas and an inability to grasp when the point of redundancy has been reached.


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

Hilary Rhoda wore a long black dress to close the show. It was backless, cleavage-baring, and had cut-outs on the shoulders and midriff. Rhoda is a seriously gorgeous woman even when she is shrink-wrapped in skintight jersey, but if this is Posen's idea of what a woman wants to wear to feel sexy, he's way off.


Zac Posen Seduces With A Shout, Not A Whisper

For Posen's bow, the DJ put on Katie Perry's "Peacock" song — the one that goes "I wanna see your peacock, cock, cock, your peacock, cock, cock," — and the designer walked out in a red velvet jacket and the kind of bow-tie one half expected to spray water on unsuspecting interlocutors. Posen hasn't yet realized that subtlety, too, can be sexy.