But he certainly didn't limit the glamour quotient. You could practically hear the swooning when he sent out his beautifully draped, spectacular yet unadorned gowns to close out his runway show Monday.
Posen doesn't need sequins or crystals to enhance a dress. He can do a whole lot with something like pleats, which were perfect in a tangerine taffeta strapless ball gown, for example. A sea-foam silk strapless "architectural" gown evoked nothing less than a sense of being at Versailles. Without the jewels.
"This was all about elegance," Posen said in a post-show interview. "It was about line and form. I had to be disciplined. It was a tight edit."
The show began with more practical styles for daytime: A tweed suit in crimson, and a black wool coat that looked tightly tailored in front, but billowed out in back. The daytime look segued into cocktail hour, with a chic off-the-shoulder dress in ruby, and a strapless cocktail dress in a muted colour Posen calls anthracite.
And then came evening styles: an opera coat in jet-black wool, for example. And then those gowns, with their grand silhouettes.
It was a nice reminder that when a dress is as expertly cut as some of these, you really don't need anything more.