Getting new investors does something for a designer. Yes, it flushes them with a bit of cash and allows them to do some expansion, but it also frequently gives them a bit of confidence, which if they have skill set, can really show them for the designer they are. All of this was the case for Jason Wu, having recently announced that the investment company InterLuxe had bought a majority stake in his business.
Up front, Wu has already stated that he's planning on expanding his handbag line -- new styles the Diane and the Charlotte, the former named for Diane Kruger, were trotted out -- and his e-commerce, and that confidence was surely there. A suede romper, relaxed suits with sloping shoulders and wide legged trousers and an off-white fit and flare dress with a thin green alligator skin belt on the natural waist were all a part of the designer’s elevated version of sportswear. Speaking of elevation, take the long-lasting fascination with denim. For Wu, it's best imitated as a silk tweed, the penultimate of sophistication.