NEW YORK — The era of the "supermodel" has come and gone. But leave it to Zac Posen to resurrect it by bringing an amazing array of modeling's biggest names together again for a magical runway show. To showcase Posen's spring/summer 2013 collection, one famous model after another came out onto the outdoor catwalk at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in slinky day dresses and form-fitting red carpet gowns.
As the sun set on a cool night, Kelly Osbourne, Gina Gershon and Lourdes Leon (Madonna's daughter) looked on as romantic standards like "Moonlight Serenade" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" played while models with real curves and ample breasts sashayed down the catwalk. The audience was smitten.
Posen will bring his runway collection to Fashion Houston (sans the famous models) on Nov. 15. Here's a sneak peek.
From left, Naomi Campbell, Zac Posen and Coco Rocha acknowledge the crowd at the end of his show.
Naomi Campbell opened the Posen show in a body-hugging hibiscus print silk twill and chiffon day dress. She remains the master of working the catwalk.
Karolina Kurkova rocks a cadet blue duchess satin peplum cocktail dress.
Isabeli Fortuna models a rose chiffon draped collar dress.
Ming Xi in a Harlem rose printed tulle ball gown
Bruna Tenorio wears a cadet blue duchess satin and pleated organza gown.
Amid the supermodels, new model Chantal Lee held her own. She's a new discovery of Houston native Neal Hamil, who recently launched Mix Model Management in New York. Lee hails from Jamaica. Her agent in the tiny Caribbean country sent her to New York to meet Hamil; his team signed her on the spot.
Lee wears a lemon silk faile pleated lapel blazer and wide leg pant.
Alana Zimmer models a mint silk faille draped bustier and evening skirt.
Crystal Renn, a Posen favorite, wears a cadet blue printed chiffon corseted day dress.
Alek Wek looks elegant in a Harlem rose tulle embroidered gown.
Sessilee Lopez poses in a cayenne stretch duchess satin draped bustier gown.
Hilary Rhoda channels her inner ballerina in an antique white pintuck tulle cocktail dress.
Jeneil Williams in a celadon duchess satin architectural draped cocktail dress.
Brenda Kranz showcases a clay-hued stretch duchess satin gown.
Anna Cleveland showed dramatic flair on the runway in a bordeaux silk faille and tulle bustier gown as her mother, iconic '70s model Pat Cleveland, excitedly shot photographs. "Pat trained her well," Hamil whispered to me.
Elsa Sylvan in a slate pintuck tulle bustier and cocktail skirt.
Emily Senko wears a Harlem rose embroidered bustier in midnight satin back crepe and silk chiffon evening skirt.
Coco Rocha closed the show in a white jacquard organza tiered ball gown. She looks like she could stand atop a wedding cake.