Article Oct 20, 2016

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Zac Posen unveils Delta designs

It’s finally take off time for the Zac Posen designed Delta airlines uniforms.

The collaboration was announced in 2015, with the process suffering a setback this summer (16) when the designs were rejected for being too sexy.

After spending the last two months reworking the uniforms, Zac, in partnership with retailer Lands’ End, and Delta finally unveiled the stylish steward looks.

Pieces include a V-neck dress, peplum sweater, wrap dress, skirt suit and swing jacket for female flight attendants, while their male counterparts will look swish in a three-piece suit, crew neck sweater and widget-printed tie.

The colour palette mixes together Passport Plum, Cruising Cardinal and Groundspeed Graphite, with accents of Skyline Slate in the chic retro looks which are reminiscent of vintage Pan Am style uniforms.

“We wanted Delta employees to look glamorous on the job without sacrificing functionality and style,” Zac said in a statement.

It’s not just the flight crew who will be rocking a new wardrobe; ground staff, including airport ramp workers and technical operations employees have also had their work wardrobe overhauled by Zac.

One thousand Delta staff will begin test-wearing the pieces in December, with the full roll out expected in early 2018.

Staff working for the American airline haven’t had their uniforms updated for some time; “above wing” employees last had theirs revamped in 2006 by Richard Tyler, and “below wing” staff in 2000.

“Zac and the Delta team worked closely with our people to create timeless and fashionable pieces that reflect the thoughtful and innovative spirit of Delta,” Ed Bastian, Delta chief executive officer, said.

More than 60,000 staff will eventually be wearing A-list favourite Zac’s pieces.

After the unveiling, Zac shared his joy on Twitter, writing: "Thank you to everyone on the @Delta team for making today such a success! #DeltaRunwayReveal."