By  on July 5, 2011

Jason Wu doesn’t have much in common with Gareth Pugh, Vivienne Westwood or Jean Paul Gaultier. But come spring, he’ll join the designers — all of whom have teamed up with Brazilian footwear manufacturer Melissa — when he releases two styles in collaboration with the famous plastic shoe brand. Wu, who launched his own accessories line last year, will be the first American fashion designer on Melissa’s roster.

“It was really interesting for me to explore design possibilities with plastic,” said Wu. “I wanted to take advantage of the materials I was given, make it all completely functional and waterproof and yet still remain extremely sophisticated.”

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