ZAC POSEN, American fashion designer, born; a contemporary fashion designer. In the early 2000s, Posen had success with designs worn by prominent young actresses including Natalie Portman, Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Clare Danes. In 2004, Posen was awarded the CFDA Swarocski-Perry Ellis Award for Ready-to-Wear after his first major runway show. Posen is as much an entrepreneur as a design success; by 2005 many major stores were carrying his collections. In 2006 renowned fashion historian Didier Ludot granted him the honor of showing his work in his Palais Royal stores during Paris Fashion Week. Posen is out Gay, and had a long-term relationship with interior designer Brian Callahan until mid-2007. He has since then been linked to a number of other partners. It is presently thought he is dating fashion designer Teddy James.