02/13/2012 11:16 EST | Updated 04/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Zac Posen at NY Fashion Week filled with references to Asian culture

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Did Zac Posen spend a sabbatical in the Orient?

The designer's runway show Sunday at New York Fashion Week was filled with references — both allusive and obvious — to Asian culture for his fall line.

Looks were paired with printed obi belts in a collection rich with jewel tones of dark red, emerald green, shiny gold and deep navy. Red and black large peony blossoms popped on a jacquard dress and separates, a folded lapel jacket and pencil skirt. The models wore their hair in sleek, slicked-back buns with heavily lined eyes.

Posen featured a series of his signature, sexy gowns, some with kimono-like wide, draped sleeves. Nearly all the pieces shown in the Lincoln Center tents where Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is held had mermaid or fishtail hemlines, with fabric flowing and gathering at the model's knees and feet.

Don't be surprised to see these silhouettes popping up on red carpets during this awards season. Posen is a favourite in Hollywood, recently dressing model Elle Macpherson in a strapless, tiered ivory gown for the Golden Globes and actress Glenn Close in a black, taffeta-and-tulle gown for the Screen Actors Guild awards — and the Oscars are just a few weeks away.


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