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March 7, 2012

Posing with Posen

Noted designer Zac Posen is jetting into ATL March 15 to headline NBAF’s Fine Art +Fashion Gala

By Nancy Staab

This Just In: NBAF has announced that Zac Posen will serve as guest of honor and centerpiece of the annual runway extravaganza hosted by Neiman Marcus

Zac Posen with Christina Ricci in his design at Costume Institute Gala 2011 Zac Posen with Christina Ricci in his design at Costume Institute Gala 2011


















He may be young in years, but thirty-something, NYC-based fashion designer Zac Posen has a lot of fashion finesse at hand and he’s bringing his impeccable frocks to Atlanta later this month. Your only chance to brush couture shoulders with this bespoke bloke is to book your ticket to NBAF’s Fine Art + Fashion gala pronto. The National Black Art Foundation’s sixth annual gala will include a chic cocktail hour, a special art exhibit, a dressed to the fashionable nines crowd and an expertly produced, full runway show courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

Posen graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College in London and set up an atelier in NYC in the early aughts. A dress of his own design, spotted on Naomi Campbell, proved the launch of his bold brand and it’s been a heady style ride ever since. In 2004 he received the coveted CFDA/Swarovski award for womenswear. In 2010 he launched his contemporary line Z-Spoke.

A look from Zac Posen Spring 2012 A look from Zac Posen Spring 2012

Posen has a way with strong but feminine silhouettes and swishy ball gowns and has been a red carpet favorite since his launch. Among the “Posen Posse” who have sported his looks: Natalie Portman, Claire Danes, Rihanna, Coco Rocha (he also designed her wedding dress), Kate Winslet, Beyonce, Doutzen Kroes, Lucy Liu, his muse Stella Schnabel, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. As a cap to his resume he recently did a requisite Target capsule collection and not only dressed Glenn Close (in a gorgeous forest green gown), but also high-maintenance Muppet Miss Piggy for the 2012 Oscars. But perhaps Posen’s most memorable flash-bulb fashion moment is the lacy, black, spider-like, web-of-a-dress that he fashioned for Christina Ricci for the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala in 2011. Fascinatingly, the dress is now housed in SCAD’s Museum of Art in Savannah in a collection curated by Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley. The dress was not only breathtaking in its size (double zero) and hour glass shape, but wove a web of  intrigue with its black magic artistry.

The NBAF gala honoring Posen will be hosted by actress Jasmine Guy and  the fashion-forward co-chairs Merry and Chris Carlos and Su and Al Longman, with Charlene and Earnest Ingram as honorary co-chairs and the late patron and founder of the M. Jack Anderson Emerging Talent fashion award, Sandra Anderson Baccus, as symbolic chair emeritus. This year’s other honorees included noted Atlanta and Miami-based artist Anthony Liggins and “carved couture” handbag designers Tamara Bowens and Ray Bergeron, who recently showed at Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. Neiman Marcus' national fashion director Ken Downing will also be present. Proceeds from the Fine Art + Fashion benefit support major exhibitions of visual artists from African descent throughout the region.

For tickets to the March 15 NBAF Fine Art + Fashion event and more details visit: