>> Zac Posen riffed on the idea of wardrobe essentials — with a twist — for his Spring 2012 Z Spoke collection. "There's no need for more essentials that are basic," he explains. "These have a bit of fashion to them." To that end, Posen's essentials are dressed-up, playful, and full of the designer's signature feminine detailing: lean-cut trousers come in shiny two-tone faille or tie-dyed lace, shirt dresses in whisper-weight seersucker, and skirts in swinging full flares. There's plenty of wearable whimsy too — a swinging "disco tent dress" in shimmering sequins, a floaty ruched-chiffon neon shift — and lots of lively prints, like an "acid" cheetah in chartreuse and lemon, ditsy florals in abstracted batiks. "This is a wardrobe, and it's nice to be able to mix it up and show the diversity of it," Posen says.
The collection's diversity carries through to accessories as well, with luxe Nappa leather totes and embossed-croc satchels mingling easily with brightly-colored iPad cases and studded clutches — which run from $225 to $695. See all the looks from the Z Spoke Spring 2012 lookbook — modeled by Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Tennessee Thomas, Stephanie LaCava, Yaz Bukey, and Laura Love — and peek all the accessories, here in the slideshow.