Anyone who knows anything about fashion can agree on one thing: It's cyclical. The latest casualties of post-aught consumerism hit this week like a one-two punch: first, the shuttering of storied department store Barneys New York, followed by the announcement that Zac Posen was ending his eponymous label and would not be producing his recently shown S/S 20 collection.
Yes, fashion lovers everywhere took a blow to the gut last week, but as with any end of an era, it's always nice to take a trip down memory lane and recall our favorite moments from stylish years gone by. A homegrown New York City kid, Zac Posen emerged onto the scene in early 2002 and soon earned accolades from both fashion and Hollywood tastemakers. Working with model turned muse Coco Rocha for over a decade, Posen was also a favorite for the red carpet set, regularly dressing megastars such as Rihanna, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, and good friend Katie Holmes for everything from award shows to Anna Wintour's annual Met Gala.
While we will undoubtedly miss Posen's jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns this upcoming red carpet season, we'll have to cross our fingers that some archival pieces make their way back into the spotlight over the next few years. In the meantime, join us as we take a look back at some of the wunderkind designer's best runway and red carpet moments that helped defined fashion over the past two decades.