Jason Wu F/W 12

Posted by janelle | February 12th, 2012

Jason Wu Fall/Winter 2012

Cultural re-appropriation is a concept that seems better suited to an academic text than a runway show, but take a look at Jason Wu‘s masterful fall collection for a glimpse at how fashion handles weighty subject matter. Wu explores iconic Chinese imagery, tackling everything from the brocades the Qing Dynasty’s royal courts, to Mao military jackets. Even the glossy (and often inaccurate) Hollywood take on Chinese culture is explored, via red-carpet worthy gowns that hark back to Dietrich in Shanghai Express.

No stone was left unturned in Wu’s distinctive take on the theme and with good reason. Inspired by his upbringing in Taiwan, where he was surrounded by a variety of Chinese influences as well as a recent trip back home with his father, Wu crafted his most daring collection to date. Luxury lovers still had plenty of fox fur, Swarovski crystals and embroidered velvet to coo over, but there was an experimental ethos that underlined all the finery.

Photos: Billy RoodFig Photo
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Production: Alexandre de Betak for Bureau Betak
Makeup: Diane Kendal
Hair: Odile Gilbert
Stylist: Kate Young
Casting: James Scully

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19 Comments

  1. Willem says:

    Who is the model in the first picture?

  2. auguste says:

    cara delevingne I believe..

  3. Anastasiya says:

    Willem, that’s Candice Swanepoel. Lovely collection by Jason Wu. He did a good job. Clean cut edges and lovely pattern play. Love the bold red.

  4. ollie says:

    Cara Delevingne, the Burberry Girl, I never thought she could look so stunning

  5. James says:

    @Willem, I think it’s Cara Delevigne…Poppy’s sister.

  6. joe says:

    cara delevingne

  7. KimFlorida says:

    Willem, I think that is Cara Delevingne

  8. Ollie says:

    It looks like Cara Delevigne??

    Wow what a great cast! The only three missing were Abbey, Stam and Karlie and then it would have been utter perfection.

  9. miguel says:

    Cara Delevingne. Dna Models.

  10. Willem says:

    Thank you for all the replies, Cara Delevingne is the name I was looking for. Was hard to recognize her at first in the pictures you get on google cause they messed with the color levels of these photos. Still, a great cast for this show!

  11. Will says:

    agree with Ollie…they should put Karlie in it

  12. marilyn says:

    wow i cannot believe cara is only 172cm tall and they choose her! i guess being a socialite helps everything eh

  13. IS THIS IT? models review says:

    So so sorry for the length, but I had a minute so if it can help here models in order of appearance:
    Cara Delevingne
    Candice Swanepoel
    Karlina Caune
    Daphne Groeneveld
    Shanina Shaik
    Cora Emmanuel
    Joan Smalls
    Lais Ribeiro
    Katlin Aas
    Liu Wen / Marte Mei Van Haaster
    Zuzanna Stankiewicz
    Emily Baker
    Kinga Rajzak
    Kate King
    Kate King / Patricia Van Der Vliet
    Valerija Kelava
    Valerija Kelava / Mirte Maas
    Anabela Belikova / Kati Nescher
    Aymeline Valade
    Aymeline Valade / Daphne Groeneveld
    Ginta Lapina / Meghan Collison
    Caitlin Lomax
    Siri Tollerød / Tati Cotliar
    Vika Falileeva
    Vika Falileeva / Karlina Caune
    Hanne Gaby Odiele
    Marie Piovesan
    Marie Piovesan / Arizona Muse
    Jacquelyn Jablonski / Bette Franke
    Tao Okamoto / Jourdan Dunn
    Zuzanna Bijoch
    Anais Mali
    Cara Delevingne
    Jasmine Tookes / Daria Strokous
    Candice Swanepoel
    Katryn Kruger

  14. Tiffany says:

    Someone link me to the video please?

  15. Jens says:

    The editing on these photos kind of effects the look of the collection. The shades look different on the video of the show.

  16. TheGuyWhoLovesModels says:

    Great Cast. Love all of them!!!

  17. Bruce Edwin says:

    great clothes, some great models, and amazing photography

  18. joker x says:

    He leads us back to Qing Dynasty.Just sooo amazing!!!

  19. Kilin says:

    OMG!This show is great!Brilliant! Chinese imagery is a great style to make a breakthouh,and the models of this collection is also beautiful~I can’t admire it more!

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