Jason Wu S/S 14

Posted by janelle | September 16th, 2013

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JASON WU SS14

Though she’s marked by her innate glamour, the Jason Wu woman exists in a state of constant change. With every collection the designer shifts his focus just a little evolving the look of his namesake brand and challenging the expectations of his audience. Last season’s seductive ‘Extreme Feminity’ was well received, but the dark, at times severe ensembles with their dominatrix leanings were nowhere to be found on Wu’s spring runway. This was a light and bright affair punctuated by touches of metallic that glittered on stars like Karen Elson, Elise Crombez and Hilary Rhoda. While it is natural for spring to send designers reaching for swaths of pale colored silk and sparkling textures, the 180 shift for Wu was more about finding a new ease than settling into the familiar motifs of the season. Cool practically reverberated off the catwalk and for a designer with as many uptown fans as Wu the relaxed feel of this showing felt new.

The less is more mantra has always had a place in fashion, but in the past few years its become something of a rallying call uniting designers. Wu is the latest to embrace the ethos, labeling this collection his take on “a dialogue between construction and ease.” In laymen’s terms that amounts to a whole lot of minimal, well-cut pieces that manage to look simple to wear, yet are still imbued with the designer’s signature glitz. It wouldn’t be a Jason Wu show without glamour, even when it is tempered by restraint his natural talent for creating fantastical fashion fantasy shines through. The crepe bias dresses, satin bustiers and lace embroidered accents were simply beautiful, but the show hit its stride with the appearance of red carpet ready gowns that elicited oohs and aah. If the the pale sage tank number on Karlie Kloss doesn’t make its way onto the back of a top tier Hollywood starlet there is no justice in this world.

Text by Janelle Okwodu
All Images by Peter Michael Dills / Stringer / Getty Images

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5 Comments

  1. B says:

    DAMN! Hilary Rhoda has been hitting the gym, I like it! She is looking more fierce each time I see her now, she deserves iconic status I think.

  2. V says:

    Jason and James does it once again! What a beautiful show.

  3. Aubreyorg says:

    Agreed. Hilary Rhoda is a class of her own. An actual ideal to aspire to.

  4. milex says:

    Can Jason Wu start doing something for guys? I already want everything
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Nigel S. says:

    I love this collection.
    His latest collections have achieved such a level of maturity and class while a sexual and very feminine youth still lingers on.

    He has managed to balance these ideals which often prove difficult to capture in organic, unforced fashion.

    So thrilled to see Elise back on the prowl and in print. Should she, Daria W., Julia Stegner, Isabeli, Natasha P., Jacquetta Wheeler and relative company ever set stiletto on the runway at once (…as in days of yore) – I will depart from this realm in a bout of pure bliss and ecstasy!

    Hilary is indeed more spectacular than ever. As it’s said – it should be a crime to be that beautiful.

    Notice should be made – we are witnessing far fewer rail-thin models today and it’s wonderful.
    Beautiful, healthy women.

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