For his latest Auntumn/Winter 2012 collection Jason Wu drew inspiration from not one but three sources: Mao, the Qing Dynasty and a 1940’s Hollywood take on China. This was clearly an opportunity for the 29 year-old Taipei born designer to discover his roots.
Once opening the studded red doors to the Forbidden City the show got underway. First came Mao along with his military jackets. Kakis and black ensembles incorporating detailing such as dyed silver fox and lace. Structured dresses clung to their silhouettes while the flashes of red lightened up the mood.
Next came Qing with its sumptuous burgundy, colorful prints and brocades from the royal court. Chinese motifs were combined with silk to appear on tapered pants, capes and fitted jackets with more silver fox collars. The step up in opulence made for a seamless transition to the show's finale. The eagerly anticipated 1940’s Hollywood meets Chinese glamour. Here floor length dresses mixed traditional prints with revealing slits while luxurious and indulgent reds were paired with embroidered black wools.
As for accessories, these included velvet clutches and pumps with gold leather trim and textured studs, which decorated the “Daphne” warrior bags.