Fall 2011 RTW: Jason Wu

12 Feb

Wu found inspiration in the restoration of Versailles — a glamorous and classic place to be inspired from. I find it so great how quickly Wu’s rise to fame has happened — starting as someone only runway aficionado’s know of and overnight becoming a household name — my 90 year old grandmother commented: “Oh I know Jason Wu” last night while I was telling her about fashion week. She couldn’t tell Chanel from Burberry but she knows Jason Wu — and all of this thanks to Michelle Obama’s beautiful inauguration gown. This collection was, “Baroque meets sportswear” and was infused with the same glamour and history that all his past collections have been. It reminds me a big of the Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 set up in the glamorous room that looks like Versailles. Wu’s inspiration held true to the collection with lace infused jackets and blazers or gold embellishments on simple dresses. My two favorites are the baroque style LBD — structured with emphasis on the hips but stylish and a mini with three-quarter sleeves — absolutely to die for — and the sheer with gold embellishing on the top with the long glamorous black bottom piece with the slit halfway up it. Wu described this collection as “Austere,” a word that in my mind connotes harsh and unfriendly. What I believe he is referring to is the utter lack of sex appeal in this show yet the huge presence of beauty and glamour. This shows, as many old houses do as well, that something doesn’t have to be sexy to be beautiful and it encourages a new kind of beauty and one that I am so in favor of.

Credit: style.com
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