The tony location of 583 Park Avenue’s Upper East Side venue space set a glorious backdrop for the Jason Wu Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection. The oversized crystal chandelier lowered just above the lacquered black and white floor and a black corseted invitation hinted at an edgier redux of his signature feminine looks and the designer certainly did not disappoint his legion of fashion fans. “She’s seen the world, but she’s decided that she belongs on Park Avenue after all…,” noted the young designer of his design inspiration. “Two divorces, she’s just thirty and she’s still working on the third. She’s got it all! She’s got the look. She’s got the money and she’s got the house.”
Jason Wu was a darling among the fashion community long before First Lady Michelle Obama wore his gowns both at her husband’s first and second Inaugural Galas, but that kind of exposure, a steady stream of A-list celebrity clients, and of course a mass retail partnership with Target have made him a household name. His star has long been on the rise into the fashion stratosphere and with his latest collection taking a deliberately mature direction, it shows no signs of wavering.
“It’s definitely a statement shape this season. I really brought out the shoulder, narrowed in the waist. The idea was really to showcase the strength of a woman and also through the beaded dresses to bring out the softness within a woman,” added Mr. Wu. “She’s strong and she’s beautiful, but she’s a little vulnerable at the same time.”
If anyone could “bring sexy back” to Park Avenue, while keeping the designs very chic, it would have to be Jason Wu. He brilliantly straddles the worlds of a polished, sophisticated uptown socialite and the edgier cool of a downtown fashionista appealing to both lifestyles with an artistic flair. The palette felt very graphic with the juxtaposition of black, white, and toffee; red was the season’s signature pop of color, which the designer chose for the strength it represents. There was a great tension between traditionally feminine accents such as the peplum, belted waist, halter, and one-shoulder silhouettes, but the collection also had a tough luxe quality that could be felt in the snakeskin sweatshirt, motorcycle jacket, and mink hooded parka. One of the most provocative updates was a striped turtleneck, which he also designed as a crewneck, where he began with a very classic silhouette, but updated in a sexy fabrication, alternating the colored stripes with a nude sheer illusion.
My favorite looks from the Jason Wu Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the black satin faced twill, velvet, and fox belted peplum jacket with white stand collar cotton shirt, and black wool stovepipe pants; the marble/black fox and mink belted vest with white stand collar cotton shirt, and black wool stovepipe pants; the nude/black snakeskin sweatshirt and Godet skirt with white stand collar cotton shirt, and Jourdan black braided clutch; the marble/black wool
bonded lace and satin faced strapless peplum dress; the black/red one shoulder pleated satin faced twill dress; the marble/black leather ostrich feather belted dress; and the black leather ostrich feather cap sleeve belted shell with black wool tuxedo stovepipe pants, and Karlie red embroidered box clutch.
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