Jason Wu is ready for his close up
Photos: Behind the scenes by Ken Pao
Runway: Janelle Okwodu
Jason Wu’s thoughtful designs have always been at the borderline between old world charm and modernity. The elegance he brings to his gowns and cocktail dresses calls to mind the early work of Oscar De La Renta, or even Oleg Cassini, but though Wu looks to the past, there is always a touch of the future and never has this been so evident than in his latest collection. Drawing inspiration from Robert Polidori’s portraits of the renovations of Versailles, Wu created a look that is a study in contrasts. Cashmere cable knits, sequins, black chiffon and over fifteen different types of lace -materials that might seem at odds with each other, but together it works. Somewhere between casual and ornate, youthful and mature, lies the Wu woman. This mixture was accentuated perfectly by Diane Kendall”s bewitching makeup on the girls. Smoky eyes and bleached brows offset the Swarovski embellished blouses and added an unexpected edginess to the classic pieces.
Jourdan Dunn is impeccable in Jason’s scarlet gown.
Saskia de Brauw takes to the runway
Liu Wen and Fei Fei Sun strike a pose
This collection was all about the little details.
Another dress in action
Show opener Daphne Groeneveld
Detail of the beautiful Swarovski embellished pieces
Tatiana Cotliar gets prepped
Falling leaves prints in black and cream for Patricia van der Vliet
Dorothea Barth Jorgensen. Flawless.
The perfect ladylike exit
Joan Smalls before the runway
Marabou is a Wu signature.
Karmen Pedaru and Arizona Muse get their brows bleached
Saskia de Brauw
Gold tinged hair by Odile Gilbert
Arizona Muse and Lindsey Wixson