For all the beyond beautiful, stunning gowns out there in the world, it has to be said that one thing unites them all – how they’re always so impossible to walk in.

Guests at the Zac Posen Pre-Fall and Fall Winter 2012 show held on day four of Audi Fashion Festival 2012 clearly saw how tough it was for the models to move down the runway decked in Zac Posen’s creations. Some models faltered, most walked jerkily and some tried in vain to ignore their sweeping trains.

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Photos by Wesley Kow

Evidently, these gowns weren’t really made to be walked in, but who cared when they looked this elegant and regal?

Speaking of regal, even true-blue royalty turned up at the show to support Zac Posen; the Princess of Malaysia sat front row in one of his gowns from last season, her long train spilling over slightly onto the runway.  Good thing she had her own entourage to help her hold up her dress wherever she went.

For Fall, Zac Posen’s inspiration came from Chinoiserie and oriental motifs, which was obvious right from the very start. The first dress that hit the runway was black-and-red, and had Chrysanthemum flowers splashed all over it.

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There was Chinese-style floral embroidery too, think the traditional embroidery seen on Chinese silk pillows, stitched in a medley of red, yellow and green threads.

Stiff, origami pleats and folds also nodded towards the orientalism vibe that Posen was feeling. They stood on the lapels of coats, on collars, around waists as peplums.

Silhouettes were classically hourglass and completely Zac Posen. Dresses were tight and body skimming all the way from the bust down to the upper thighs; and flared out in dramatic ways below, be it a gravity-defying bustle or a layered tulle train.

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The highlight of the show was the closing look, a scarlet red strapless number that was quite magnificent. Folds, upon origami folds, collapsed together spectacularly, at first clearly defined near the top then fading into soft, feather-like wisps at the hem.

There was a collective intake of breath from the audience when this one came out; clearly demonstrating that there is nothing like Posen’s flair for creating awe-inspiring gowns.

Zac Posen Pre-Fall and Fall Winter 2012 show was held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, as part of Audi Fashion Festival 2012. For more information about Audi Fashion Festival go to The closing show on Sunday, May 20, 2012 will be the Roland Mouret Autumn Winter 2012 show.