Power of Women NY: Why Zac Posen Is a Good Fit as Event Host

The host of Variety’s Power of Women: New York event, Zac Posen, makes clothes for smart, confident, sophisticated women

Zac Posen’s clothes embody what Variety’s Power of Women: New York event is all about: strong, sophisticated and a not afraid to embrace femininity. A fashion wunderkind, Posen launched his label when he was 21, and in 2011, opened his first retail store in New York. His designs are red carpet regulars, as stars including Rihanna, Jessica Chastain, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Hendricks and childhood friend Lena Dunham have sported his frocks.

Posen picked up fans on guest appearances on “America’s Next Top Model” and solidfied his TV bonafides as one of the judges on season 11 of Lifetime’s “Project Runway.” “This was an amazing opportunity,” Posen said in a statement at the time. “I hope I’m here to give a new perspective to the designers.”

Posen was a hit as a judge and came back for season 12, bringing not snark but a sharp technical eye and a kind but tough attitude of a veteran of the fashion wars.

He also gives a lot of time to philanthropic organizations, including Teachers Count and New Yorkers for Children.

The busy designer just launched a line of affordable bridal wear, Truly Zac Posen, and last year signed with UTA, perhaps with more TV projects in the works.

More Biz

  • Harvey Weinstein and Benjamin BrafmanHarvey Weinstein

    Can Harvey Weinstein, the Poster Boy of #MeToo, Get a Fair Day in Court?

    Zac Posen’s clothes embody what Variety’s Power of Women: New York event is all about: strong, sophisticated and a not afraid to embrace femininity. A fashion wunderkind, Posen launched his label when he was 21, and in 2011, opened his first retail store in New York. His designs are red carpet regulars, as stars including […]

  • Chuck Panama Dead: Longtime Industry Publicist

    Chuck Panama, Longtime Industry Publicist, Dies at 93

    Zac Posen’s clothes embody what Variety’s Power of Women: New York event is all about: strong, sophisticated and a not afraid to embrace femininity. A fashion wunderkind, Posen launched his label when he was 21, and in 2011, opened his first retail store in New York. His designs are red carpet regulars, as stars including […]

  • Bruce Willis and Paul Bloch'A Good

    Remembering Paul Bloch: 'He Wasn't Just a Character, He Had Character' (Guest Column)

    Zac Posen’s clothes embody what Variety’s Power of Women: New York event is all about: strong, sophisticated and a not afraid to embrace femininity. A fashion wunderkind, Posen launched his label when he was 21, and in 2011, opened his first retail store in New York. His designs are red carpet regulars, as stars including […]

  • Ellen Degeneres Racism

    Entertainment Leaders Set to Celebrate Special Olympics 50th Anniversary

    Zac Posen’s clothes embody what Variety’s Power of Women: New York event is all about: strong, sophisticated and a not afraid to embrace femininity. A fashion wunderkind, Posen launched his label when he was 21, and in 2011, opened his first retail store in New York. His designs are red carpet regulars, as stars including […]

  • Lauren Sivan

    Accuser Lauren Sivan Reacts to Harvey Weinstein's Arrest: 'He Should Be in Jail'

    Zac Posen’s clothes embody what Variety’s Power of Women: New York event is all about: strong, sophisticated and a not afraid to embrace femininity. A fashion wunderkind, Posen launched his label when he was 21, and in 2011, opened his first retail store in New York. His designs are red carpet regulars, as stars including […]

  • Netflix Reed Hastings

    Netflix Stock Closes at All-Time High, Nudging Market Cap Ahead of Disney's Again

    Zac Posen’s clothes embody what Variety’s Power of Women: New York event is all about: strong, sophisticated and a not afraid to embrace femininity. A fashion wunderkind, Posen launched his label when he was 21, and in 2011, opened his first retail store in New York. His designs are red carpet regulars, as stars including […]

  • Mario Batali

    Mario Batali's Three Las Vegas Restaurants to Close Following Harassment Allegations

    Zac Posen’s clothes embody what Variety’s Power of Women: New York event is all about: strong, sophisticated and a not afraid to embrace femininity. A fashion wunderkind, Posen launched his label when he was 21, and in 2011, opened his first retail store in New York. His designs are red carpet regulars, as stars including […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content