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Resort Report: Zac On Film ... Cruising Along ... World Travelers

With resort becoming a season of ever-grander statements from major houses, even designers with smaller operations are feeling the need for a little showmanship.

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A still from "Ma Vendeuse."

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ZAC ON FILM: With resort becoming a season of ever-grander statements from major houses, even designers with smaller operations are feeling the need for a little showmanship. For his fourth resort collection, Zac Posen collaborated with his friend and sometime muse Lola Schnabel to create a dreamy short movie, called "Ma Vendeuse," which will make its debut Monday on Style.com. "Clothing always looks good on film," says Posen. "And it's a newer way to present the collection."

The three-minute short is narrated by Schnabel's maternal grandmother, Anne Beaurang. It stars model Leilani Bishop and artist/model Raina Hamner, dressed in Posen's new resort offerings and cavorting in various locations in Montauk, Amagansett and Bridgehampton.

It's the first original film to appear on the Web site, but probably not the last. "Style.com is up for multimedia," says executive fashion director Candy Pratts Price. "So any way that I can get it going live and in action is great." She added, "This has a very Warhol in the ‘Grey Gardens' feel to it. And you get a lot of information in there without it being a music video."
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CRUISING ALONG: For the fashion set, cruise is just another season on the calendar, rarely connoting the luxury liners that fill the pages of vacation brochures. The spirit of both, however, is very much the same: one of leisure, wanderlust and high times.

In the new book, "Cruise: Identity, Design and Culture," Peter Quartermaine and Bruce Peter explore the many faces of the cruising lifestyle and its history, as well as ship design, cuisine and, through the many photographs and illustrations, fashion. A bevy of Sixties beauties, for example, are dolled up in furs and fancy frocks, lounging on the deck with their tuxedoed men. There are also, of course, bathing suits galore from every era.

"[The ships] are these strange floating communities," says Quartermaine, who spearheaded the project. "They're moving around the world, touching on various continents for a day and setting sail again. And there's the aspect of celebrity — not celebrity in the sense of film stars, but people themselves becoming celebrated for a limited period."
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