NYFW: Jason Wu
WHO: Jason Wu
BIO: Taiwan-born Wu has taken Fashion City by a storm with his ladylike collections that have a fond following on Fifth Avenue as well as in the White House. In addition to designing lovely ready-to-wear fashions, he also has a collection of limited-edition dolls.
FUN FACT: Jason spins a mean set of music.
ABOUT THE FALL COLLECTION: A childhood spent in Taiwan set the high-definition tone for Jason Wu’s show Friday afternoon. Citing opulence of the Ming Dynasty and classic Hollywood’s romanced interpretation of China as inspiration (even the models stepped out from behind two giant red doors reminiscent of those seen in the Forbidden City), the design powerhouse known for his playful dresses for those ladies who lunch presented a collection of strength and maturity. Still strikingly femme, this primarily red, toffee and military green collection saw the convergence of military dressing with China’s romance on the silver screen: epaulets flecked military green wool dresses nipped tight at the waist, belted jackets sporting gold buttons, looks flecked with jet crystals and tassels, studded leather clutches held fast just at the elbow and twill military pants. Red and echoes of the Forbidden City were seen in several runways throughout New York Fashion Week, so it will be interesting to see if this develops in Milan and Paris.