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Zac Posen On Stylista: "Snore!"

Fashion designer Zac Posen was on Stylista last night to help Elle's Anne Slowey and Joe Zee with the elimination.

With only four contestants left in the competition — all of them boring — this was the highlight of the show. The way Zac spoke about the team's magazine layouts ("This magical title!") was apropos for the industry and its denizens, who feel the need to "explain" the meaning and importance of fashion in a way that actually leaves us even more confused than when we were just looking at pictures of impractical garments. Anyway, in her introduction, Anne said that Zac was discovered by a magazine editor, and then added, "Which would be me." Now, she may have been joking, or it may have been creative editing, but Zac was a very well-connected young man in Manhattan when he got his start — which came from the help of former Interview EIC Ingrid Sischy.


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Zac Posen grew up in Soho and attended St. Ann's and then Central Saint Martins, and therefore had awesome connections—Stella Schnabel (daughter of Julian) and Claire Danes were childhood friends, and he met Barbara Bush and Natalie Portman through St. Ann's people. All those gals pushed his brand like crazy: Natalie Portman wore a piece from his VERY FIRST collection to the Star Wars premiere. Anne Slowey and Elle were in no way responsible for launching Zac Posen—but, as everything I just said indicates, homeboy is a genius at getting his name out there, so it's not surprising he was appeared on the TV show.