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Jason WuSpring Summer 2015 New York

Runway Review
9/5/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

Beauty in its most glamorous form influencing Jason Wu's latest collection wasn't much of a break from the norm - the designer is known for his ladylike flair having become a favorite of a quite stylish First Lady after all. This particular kind of beauty cut to the chase and did so quickly and effectively: sleek ponytails, round shades, rosy lips...not a far cry from the brand's Resort collection, save for that assortment's eschewing of bold color for an almost exclusively icy palette. The assortment at hand pared down on frills – the silhouettes were streamlined and precise with the kind of decisiveness and certainty that one would expect from the powerful women who are clad in Wu’s pieces season after season. Textures were rich, but adornment was reduced: save for some sequins thrown in for good and glamorous measure. The sophistication quotient was on high and he made it look like child’s play – in line with the naturally chic attitude of the women who make up his loyal customer base.

A white sleeveless blouse with a billowing fold and undulating trousers felt clean and refreshing, while an olive dress with a plunging neckline and button-wrap skirt was restrained yet forthrightly sexy. The spirit of minimalism coursed through the lineup’s spaghetti-strap, knee-length frocks, long effortless jackets, easy foldover pants, office-appropriate button-front shirts, and slit-accented pencil skirts falling right at the natural waist. There was absolutely no denying that Wu’s work at Hugo Boss served to inform the looks – an allure infused with a menswear-inspired aesthetic.

Wu’s signature whimsy wasn’t as pronounced as it has been in seasons past, but it did shine through in the collection’s variety of eye-catching prints in blends of pistachio and white and the same aforementioned combination with blue dropped into the mix. The patterns packed the most punch when met with thigh-high slits, a silky draped collared dress with utilitarian-inspired cargo pockets, and a belted jacket that channeled the essence of a chic safari jaunt.

The statement makers were the sequin-embellished dresses and showstopping gowns – the brand has to satisfy the needs of the celebrities and socialites whose cosign have catapulted its business into the sartorial stratosphere. Smooth and sultry draping and sensuous exposure of flesh were powerful techniques on frocks that let the female form play centerstage. No piece was overdone, with the clear aim to let the woman in the dress shine and not the other way around.

Wu knows how to design what women want and he left the pretty and flirty nature of his normal aesthetic for pieces that were much more functional and grounded in reality this time around. With a rapidly-growing brand both domestically and internationally, we can't help but wonder - what's next for the brand? By the looks of his latest offerings – more money, more customers, and an even more refined aesthetic.

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9/5/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

Beauty in its most glamorous form influencing Jason Wu's latest collection wasn't much of a break from the norm - the designer is known for his ladylike flair having become a favorite of a quite stylish First Lady after all. This particular kind of beauty cut to the chase and did so quickly and effectively: sleek ponytails, round shades, rosy lips...not a far cry from the brand's Resort collection, save for that assortment's eschewing of bold color for an almost exclusively icy palette. The assortment at hand pared down on frills – the silhouettes were streamlined and precise with the kind of decisiveness and certainty that one would expect from the powerful women who are clad in Wu’s pieces season after season. Textures were rich, but adornment was reduced: save for some sequins thrown in for good and glamorous measure. The sophistication quotient was on high and he made it look like child’s play – in line with the naturally chic attitude of the women who make up his loyal customer base.

A white sleeveless blouse with a billowing fold and undulating trousers felt clean and refreshing, while an olive dress with a plunging neckline and button-wrap skirt was restrained yet forthrightly sexy. The spirit of minimalism coursed through the lineup’s spaghetti-strap, knee-length frocks, long effortless jackets, easy foldover pants, office-appropriate button-front shirts, and slit-accented pencil skirts falling right at the natural waist. There was absolutely no denying that Wu’s work at Hugo Boss served to inform the looks – an allure infused with a menswear-inspired aesthetic.

Wu’s signature whimsy wasn’t as pronounced as it has been in seasons past, but it did shine through in the collection’s variety of eye-catching prints in blends of pistachio and white and the same aforementioned combination with blue dropped into the mix. The patterns packed the most punch when met with thigh-high slits, a silky draped collared dress with utilitarian-inspired cargo pockets, and a belted jacket that channeled the essence of a chic safari jaunt.

The statement makers were the sequin-embellished dresses and showstopping gowns – the brand has to satisfy the needs of the celebrities and socialites whose cosign have catapulted its business into the sartorial stratosphere. Smooth and sultry draping and sensuous exposure of flesh were powerful techniques on frocks that let the female form play centerstage. No piece was overdone, with the clear aim to let the woman in the dress shine and not the other way around.

Wu knows how to design what women want and he left the pretty and flirty nature of his normal aesthetic for pieces that were much more functional and grounded in reality this time around. With a rapidly-growing brand both domestically and internationally, we can't help but wonder - what's next for the brand? By the looks of his latest offerings – more money, more customers, and an even more refined aesthetic.


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