It’s a blistering Monday afternoon, but Jason Wu is keeping his cool. The designer is at (the air-conditioned) Pier 59 Studios in Manhattan’s Chelsea to oversee a look book shoot for Miss Wu, the new contemporary collection he is launching in partnership with Nordstrom in January. The scene — the music thumping; stylist Lori Goldstein lounging around; model Meghan Collison waiting patiently in a white bathrobe for her next look, while the production staff breaks for lunch — is charming and cool, and a suitable backdrop for the line the designer maintains is his most personal work yet.
“Instead of just doing ‘Jason Wu-for-less,’ the idea is to explore the other side of myself,” Wu, 29, says. “I always see Jason Wu [the collection] as my aesthetic, my design sensibility. Miss Wu is my personality. It was really fun to explore that facet of who I am — slightly more downtown, and with a more relaxed attitude.”
The name may stem from a wide-eyed owl that serves as the company’s emblem as well as a handbag of the same name from Wu’s signature collection, but the contemporary concept is, in fact, the result of a conversation between the designer and Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom’s executive vice president of designer merchandising, two years ago. “As my brand evolved, Jeffrey thought there was an interesting area that I could expand into, the designer contemporary market,” Wu says. “He always saw this other side that was a little bit more playful and a little younger that would lend itself to a collection.”
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @@Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion