On Friday, the day that Jason Wu showed his fall/winter 2015 womenswear collection, the hotly anticipated film “Fifty Shades of Grey” opened nationwide in the United States. And as one chic yet sexy look followed the other down his catwalk, it was easy to imagine the future Mrs. Grey, a.k.a Anastasia Steele, setting pluses racing in anyone one of the sophisticated designs.
Just like the arc of the Steele character in the books, Wu has moved away from a girly femininity we saw when he first started out and matured into a designer who understands the impact of understated perfection, where luxe fabrics, precision tailoring and just the right amount of exposed skin can wield a very potent sartorial power.
Besides the in-your-face sumptuousness of fur coats and vests or the matte crocodile (or was it embossed leather?) shell tops, dresses and skirts, Wu’s more understand ideas also had kick. A deceptively simple grey dress from the front would turn to reveal slivers of skin exposed at the back. A wool shift dress would finish in a honeycomb embellishment down one leg so that the model’s skin became part of the dappled design. And sporty t-shirts dresses would shimmer in a coating of beading, which somehow still was able to look restrained, but in the right way.
However, it was those silk knotted neck-tie blouses, a perfect update to the famed pussy bow, which should get a few modern day Mr. Grey’s palms twitching. They left nothing exposed, but sent the mind reeling with possibilities.