His glamorous signatures include bias-cut gowns, fishtail hemlines and a passion for screen-siren style. His talent was swiftly recognised by the fashion industry: he was a finalist for the ENKA International Fashion Design Award in 2002 and a nominee for the CFDA award for new talent in both 2002 and 2003 before winning the Perry Ellis Award in 2004.
That year proved to be a groundbreaking period for Posen. In April, Sean John, the fashion company backed by Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs, announced it was making a long-term investment in Posen’s label. However, it is Posen that continues to steer the label creatively, driving it forward with his vision of a strong, feminine silhouette. With Sean John’s financial backing, the days when he was forced to fund his first catwalk show with the ?14,000 prize from a fashion competition are a distant memory. Freed from monetary restraints, he is now able to concentrate on expanding his ready-to-wear collection and developing his accessories line.