We would love to be able to say Zac Posen’s new collection for Target was inspired directly by Constance McMillen, but it wasn’t. Because Posen, who says his budget line was inspired by “lesbian proms,” designed the whole thing months and months ago, long before McMillen was a story.
Except his soundbites, now being delivered to drum up interest in the line, sure sound like they were uttered just for Constance: “Lesbian proms have been such a big thing in the news lately. Rather than create a fake subculture, I wanted to address things that are actually happening. … It’s a kick-ass girl who can wear a tuxedo to prom! Don’t be afraid of drama.” Then again, it was late last year that Cynthia Stewart was trying to bring her girlfriend to the prom, so maybe the Target collection is aimed at her?
Either way, if Posen and his marketing team was smarter, they’d be offering free dresses (and tuxedos) to them and their dates.