[by Viva Gonzalez | August 4, 2014]
Jason Wu rose to popularity in 2009, when First Lady Michelle Obama donned his radiant white one-shoulder ball gown. His place in the fashion industry has been constant and significant since then. His red carpet gowns always land celebrities like Diane Kruger, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Pare, and Jessica Alba on the best-dressed list. Wu has a definite flair for glamour and knows exactly how to produce garments that are wearable and feminine.
As Adriana Lima stepped out onto the runway and opened Jason Wu’s Fall/Winter 2014 show in New York, the fashion mafia immediately got the impression that he had something different in mind.
2014 is a banner year for Wu as he takes over as creative director of Hugo Boss, and this collection marks that change in his career succinctly. Gone are the little ladylike details and vivid colors; the Taiwan-born designer is taking the whole fashion world into a totally different direction. Shades of deep purple, slate gray, taupe, forest green, and black walked past the front row.
His signature tailoring and texture interplay were present, but the silhouettes and details were more masculine. That being said, Wu still had his affinity for glamour all the same. As seen in delicately draped asymmetrical dresses in rich aubergine, coats cut perfectly close to the waist, and fluid pantsuits, Jason Wu really knows and understands what women love to wear and how they like to look. Menswear-inspired as this collection may be, the designer still showcased his understanding of female sensuality.
To cement a permanent place in fashion history, you have got to be a trailblazer, a pioneer. It seems this is exactly what Jason Wu is doing. This Fall/Winter 2014 collection challenges you to rethink your definitions of femininity. Smartly cut jumpsuits with sheer panels, fur trimmed handbags, and luscious velour details are just as feminine as a ruffled ball gown. This is Jason Wu’s 2014 lady: someone who loves her body and exudes sexy without showing too much skin. Confident. She also isn’t afraid of a little leather and lace.
Watch the full show here: Jason Wu | Fall 2014 | New York