Zac Posen is at the top of his game, and he knows it. “I’ve been preparing for this my whole life, and now I’m just living it,” he said at last night’s screening of House of Z, the Sandy Chronopoulos-directed documentary about his life and career that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.
It’s easy to see why Posen, who, in addition to his own two labels, also designs for Brooks Brothers and is a Project Runway judge, is so proud of his accomplishments. In the House of Z, the 36-year-old designer’s ultra-glamorous career (that started after he designed a dress for Naomi Campbell one year out of school) is put into perspective through the shaky lens of his father’s home videos, which have since been digitized. The film is an honest look at his ups, downs, failures and successes, and it delivers an acute understanding of his relationship with the press and his customers. “The movie is really a must-see for anyone who wants to know how a person gets to be publicly known and how a career is actually made,” he said.
Posen has become one of the most famous designers in the industry. A staple on the red carpet, he’s also been an outspoken advocate for diversity in modeling and is currently a judge on Project Runway. But despite all of this, Posen revealed that he’s actually more proud of his team than he is of himself. “My favorite part about the movie is that I’m still with the team that is captured in the making of the collection,” he said. “We are a community. This has been a journey together, and we are stronger than ever.”
Ahead of the screening, Posen’s squad, which includes Kate Upton, who he shot on an iPhone for Spring 2018 in lieu of a show, Katie Holmes, and fellow Project Runway judge Heidi Klum, gathered for a cocktail party at the Crosby Street Hotel. Klum touted the designer’s hands-on approach, something she described as “every girl’s dream,” while Upton called him an “all-around talented person.”
After the credits rolled and the doors opened, one thing was clear: Posen has reached the height of his career, and his new film—an inspiring tale of a young designer whose mastery of drapery and love for women have become both his cross and his salvation—is proof of that. As the industry toasts to his success, Posen can rest assured that he was, indeed, born to be in a house of his own making.