The start of the new year brings in many new prototypes to our office. We’ve been tirelessly working on the ZAC Zac Posen Fall ’16 outerwear collection for the past few months and now we finally get to see our efforts in person! Witnessing this whole process has been absolutely incredible. I’ve really enjoyed getting to see the life cycle of our product, from sketch to fit sample to final sample and everything in between. Of course, there are still changes to be made and not every coat will make the cut. We’ve already started dropping items from the line that our sales team has advised us against and although it’s sad, we know we can’t keep everything. However, this just means that what we do decide to keep will be the best of the best. We’re even packing up our extra samples to be shown in Milan for market week, which is amazing in itself to think that products I helped design will be sold on a global level.
It’s also been super fun to come up with names for all the coats and it’s funny to think that each one has a different personality. We love using real female names to portray each coat as a different girl with a unique style. This year, our theme is inspired by nature, flowers, and forests. We’re introducing pop colors and experimenting with different fur pieces as a way to add a fun element and bring the line to the next level. To the left are some fox fur collars that we’re putting on some of our down coats for a splash of color and some interest. I think our team really wants to inspire consumers to think about outerwear in different ways. Although we tend to think of winter as a season of dark colors and nasty weather, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Having a fabulous coat can combat the winter blues all while keep you warm and making a statement.