PARIS — For his debut show in the City of Light on Thursday, New York-based designer Zac Posen sent out sensual cancan girls straight out of a vintage Paris revue.
Ostrich feathers enveloped everything on Posen's spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection, covering the abbreviated bolero jackets, squashed between two gauzy layers of tulle on the second-skin gowns and sprouting from the hips or haunches of catsuits in racy black lace.
The sultry palette of blood orange, coral and rich velvety reds recalled the mise-en-scene at Paris's classy strip clubs, like the legendary Lido or the Crazy Horse.
It was a bold Paris debut for Posen, a one-time critical darling whose label has hit hard financial times of late. Still, initial reaction to the show — which included a heavy-hitting lineup of top models like Carmen Kass and Isabelle Fontana — appeared mixed. Applause was tepid, and the A-list guests made a beeline for the exit as soon as the lights went up.
Jenny Barchfield - Copyright © 2010 The Canadian Press