Honestly, I'm torn over this collection. On one hand I think it's overdone, severe and frankly old. On the other, the construction and detailing in each piece are insane! Hair and make-up are mostly to blame for the former, but the latter is certainly proof that designer Zac Posen is an extraordinary talent. In a season typically filled with extremely commercial pieces, Posen opts for couture. It feels a bit like he's showing off; a chinoiserie red embroidered blouse with an oversized bow paired with a pleated, smocked wine colored maxi skirt was certainly overwrought. Simpler looks faired better. A strapless black velvet gown with forgiving lines was both sexy and subtle, as was a white sheath with a sleek, waist-trimming detail. Still, Posen's strength is in intricate construction; he undoubtedly proved that point with his closing number: a strapless red ball-gown with pleated bodice that literally fell apart at the waist and opened out into a cascading fan.