A Day in the Life of Fashion Designer Zac Posen

Zac Posen never wears out. The iconic fashion designer shows Us how he gets it all done in 24 hours.

7 a.m. Rise and Shine

After vacationing in Italy and France, Posen is eager to wake up in his uptown NYC apartment July 30. Still, “I’m jet-lagged,” he says. He walks his dachshund and two miniature poodles — “I missed them!” — around the neighborhood, stopping at Maison Kayser for coffee and a croissant.

Zac Posen hosts Book Launch Party for Plum Sykes' Party Girls Die In Pearls hosted by Brooks Brothers at Brooks Brothers on May 9, 2017 in New York City.
Zac Posen hosts Book Launch Party for Plum Sykes' Party Girls Die In Pearls hosted by Brooks Brothers at Brooks Brothers on May 9, 2017 in New York City. Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Brooks Brothers

9:00 a.m. Green Thumb

With the summer heat blazing, the 36-year-old tends to his terrace garden. “I refurbish the tomato plant and bring the rhododendrons back to life.”

11:00 a.m. In Deep Water

After checking social media — “it’s a great way to communicate” — he catches up on the news, scanning CNN, MSNBC and Bloomberg. “I like to see global perspectives.” Next, Posen takes a 15-minute epsom salt bath. “It’s my favorite!”

12:00 p.m. Sew Ready

A 15-block walk brings the Project Runway judge to his studio. “It’s like walking into a candy store, seeing your dreaming forming into reality.” There, he makes final alterations to his collections, three of which he’ll present at September’s Fashion Week. “I’ve learned from experience that if you can be ahead, it saves you from all-nighters.”

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2:30 p.m. Culinary King

Home, he whips up a Japanese vegetable curry over saffron basmati jasmine rice for dinner. Boyfriend Christopher Niquet “needed my cooking after vacation.” While doing so, he watches Barefoot Contessa on Turner Classic Movies.

7:30 p.m. Kicking Back

Full post-meal, he unwinds — and unpacks. After laying out his outfit for tomorrow, he dewaters his garden then takes a five-minute dip in the tub.

Zac Posen and Christopher Niquet attend HBO's In Vogue: The Editor's Eye screening at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 4, 2012 in New York City.
Zac Posen and Christopher Niquet attend HBO's In Vogue: The Editor's Eye screening at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 4, 2012 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for HBO

9:00 p.m. Lights out

At last, he receives the trailer for his House of Z documentary. “I’m my best critic. But I know to let go.” As jet lag sets in, he takes vitamins — including black currant oil and fresh turmeric — then dozes off. “I’m ready for the week!”

Posen’s documentary House of Z is available to rent on Vogue.com beginning September 6.

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