A chic, monochrome collection by twenty-nine year old Jason Wu. Based in Manhattan, Wu is famous for designing the inauguration gown of Michelle Obama however in fashion, he’s one of the more interesting talents to show during New York Fashion Week. Having won the Fashion Fund Rising Star Award in 2008, business has since moved briskly for Wu, he’s branching out to accessories already and the first ‘Miss Wu’ handbag just arrived at Bergdorf Goodman.
The first, striking element to this collection is the silhouette. With cigarillo trousers, buttoned up shirts, tulip skirts and variations on the female tuxedo aka Le Smoking, Wu played with the line between masculine and feminine chic. To do this in just two colours, black and white, and keep it interesting and relevant right to the final look is the sign of solid talent. Not a hundred miles away from the shapes designed by Karl Lagerfeld, Wu nevertheless showed that he knows how to cut, shape, choose and place materials in order to best accentuate the female form. In this respect a link can be drawn between the collection and Wu's inspiration, the photographer Robert Polidori. As fans of this photographer know, Polidori gracefully plays with composition and contrast to produce alluring images.
Materials. Fifteen types of lace were used in this collection. Embroidered onto cream silk Houndstooth skirts and dresses, cascading down blouses and adorning chiffon shirts. As the monochrome began to include touches of rich Bordeaux, Chartreuse or vivid violet coloured satin, the eye was invited to take in the visual texture that black lace offers. It was here that the colours of Versailles, the restoration of which that was documented by photographer Robert Polidori in the book “Parcours Museologique Revister” came through.
Ending with a charming quartet of red carpet evening gowns that featured gold embroidery and Swarovski crystals, dresses by Wu are sure to grace the coming Oscar awards ceremony on Feb 27.