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Jason Wu: FW 2010

02/27/2010

Jason Wu has been catapulted into the fashion limelight thanks to Michelle Obama’s implicit endorsement of the designer. When she wore one of his creations for the inaugural ball, everyone knew that Jason Wu would be a prominent name for these next few years (at least, during the Obama presidency). This season’s presentation drew mixed reviews (God knows NY Times‘s Cathy Horyn always has some more-than-critical comments).

There are certainly many beautiful pieces that people, including the first lady, that will be clamoring to wear. The coats and dresses with the screen-printed/gold leafed bottoms are in line with the graphic nature of Wu’s aesthetic. The dresses and gowns were made of magnificent fabrics with prints to die for.

But I can’t help but feel that everything is almost too styled. Do intricately draped dresses need heavy beading and then an additional layer of draped tulle over that? Or does an asymmetrical color block sweater really go well with an asymmetrical beaded calf-length skirt? There are definitely some issues here.

Overall, I think that Wu conveyed an interesting point of view (although I do not necessarily see his Irving Penn reference).  The pink carpeting helped create the vibe he was looking for, but I think that effect could have been achieved in other ways without making the colors of the garments hard to read.

Check out the full collection here.

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