Wednesday evening, the birds were out chirping in the trees of the garden café at Ladurée in SoHo, where Zac Posen was throwing a summer dinner party to toast his latest design, a wrapper for a wine bottle. While this was a charming little scene – Morena Baccarin from Deadpool, models Ava McAvoy and Cindy Bruna surrounded Posen at his table – some guests discovered that birds are not always the most gracious guests.
Well, nevertheless, Posen’s party was a nice respite from all the human resources trauma happening this week in fashion land, and the pinot grigio on hand seemed to be loosening things up a bit. Posen had designed a second bottle for Ecco Domani Wines, the company that gave him a runway sponsorship nearly 15 years ago with its prize for emerging designers, and so it was fun for him to dream up a tribute that had a picnic theme, as guests were handed wicker baskets and ordered to pick through some napkins and wine glasses to take home as treats.
So what’s in your basket, Posen?
“If I planned a picnic, I would make sandwiches,” the designer said. “They’re easy to go, easy to pack.”
“A picnic means a destination, so you have to walk there and work off the calories,” he said. “I would definitely bring a bottle of wine and cut fruit. You can also bento-style it with sliced vegetables; maybe a dip like baba ganoush because right now it’s eggplant season. Then I’d probably do a chilled soup in a Thermos, like a gazpacho, and cold sliced steak. For those recipes, you’ll have to wait for Cooking With Zac.” (It's coming in fall 2017.)
But not for the pinot, right?
“It does have a high alcohol content,” Posen said. “I did a bottle last summer for them as well, and my mother, father and I, at their farm in Pennsylvania, had a lot of fun. It’s definitely a get-going drink. I make sorbet out of it.”
Were you sober when you designed the bottle? Or am I seeing spots?
“I rarely drink,” he said. “The design is an abstract polka dot, something celebratory like confetti.”
What goes with pinot?
“Chiffon, cotton, seersucker. This is good for a Zac Zac Posen dress and also an excellent choice with Brooks Brothers.”