Zac Posen has always been a step ahead: At age 14, he honed his talent in the pre-college program at Parsons School of Design, after which he was mentored by curator Richard Martin at the Costume Institute. At 18 he was accepted into the womenswear degree program at London’s Central Saint Martins College. When he returned to New York in 2001, Posen set up an atelier in his parents' living room. Showing astonishing talent, he debuted his ready-to-wear collection in February 2002, at the tender age of 21, and he keeps expanding. In spring 2010 he unveiled Z Spoke, a lower-priced line, exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue. His strong, feminine aesthetic is a favorite of style leaders like Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren, and Beyoncé.
A classic handbag is worth the investment — carrying you through the seasons and holding your essentials in style. We’ve rounded up a mix of timelessly chic carryalls to pair with absolutely everything in your closet, including Kooba’s python-print hobos, GREAT by Sandie’s distressed leather totes, and Z Spoke’s structured metallic satchels.
From sleek pencil skirts and silk blouses to crisp trousers and tweed jackets, we’ve got a little bit of everything to add polish to your winter wardrobe. Stock up on picks from contemporary labels (and Gilt favorites) like Catherine Malandrino, Tocca, and Robert Rodriguez, for easy, elegant style every time.
Skin is always in, so it’s time to snap up one of these ultra-luxe accessories in exotic textures: Think bright watersnake crossbodies, python-embossed loafers and ballet flats, and croco leather clutches from standout labels like Beirn, Furla, and Zadig & Voltaire.
When it comes to picking a party-ready ensemble, you’ve struck gold with this selection. Fall’s most flattering metallic is on display in everything from high-drama gowns to flirty cocktail dresses. Asymmetrical tops, embellished jackets, and other stunning separates round out the mix. Just add a pair of show-stopping heels, and you’re set to shine!