Zac Posen on 9 a.m. Shows and Dashed Opera Dreams

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This season, one of our favorite party buddies, Zac Posen, did the unthinkable: He scheduled his fashion show for 9 a.m. When we ran into him with his date and longtime friend Mischa Barton at the Metropolitan Opera season opener last night, he admitted that getting up that early was tough, but, "You know, Mark Ronson was there at 7:30 in the morning, and that means I can be there at 7:30 in the morning." The amount of attention and "different, interesting reactions" he got even have him considering sticking with the morning slot, or at least not returning to his old ways. "Because it's good to change and get out of formula!" he said. "As an artist, you have to get out of formula." And if this whole designing thing doesn't pan out, Posen has other options. He starred in the pilot of The Beautiful Life (we'd lovingly tell him to keep his day job) and he was something of a serious singer back in the day. "Opera I ended because I became a bari-tenor. And to be a baritone, you know, it’s decent for musical theater, but for opera it’s like THE END. So the last thing I sang was Aeneas in Purcell," he said. In fact, he met Barton through a mutual love of the theater. "I wanted to be a Broadway baby growing up. I don’t know if that’s a surprise to anybody," he said. (No, it's not.) "I was jealous of her. She had an agent."

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