From Day One, Jason Wu has worked to make everyone forget that, fouryears into his business, he’s still only 27. Maturity is his thing, andnot only in his taste for clothes — always equal parts pretty andsophisticated — but the way he handles them. His spring collectionflaunted this self-aware, perfectionist approach to design, balancingbeautifully tailored sportswear against girlish froth. That tensionworked quite well for day with great trousers, pleated and wide with aForties swagger, worn with filmy blouses in point d’esprit, organza andlace chiffon and layered under meatier tweeds.
There wereplenty of Wu’s familiar motifs, such as outsize jabot collars andstriped knits, circulated throughout perhaps with the intention ofbecoming signatures. Speaking of which, show notes announced a new houseicon: a wide-eyed owl named Miss Wu. Going forward, she’ll appear onthe clothes and sunglasses, as well as the new shoe and bag collection,which made its debut on the runway: frame bags and heels done incontrast leathers, all extremely chic and ladylike but with a verywelcome bite.
As in past seasons, Wu cultivated a specificartistic reference, this time the vibrant works of Brazilian artistBeatriz Milhazes, known for her use of bold, saturated tones. “She’s allabout color and I’m all about color,” he said. Milhazes’ influence wasmost obvious in the evening lineup, which ranged from body-skimmingsheaths to dresses abloom with petal embroideries. But where Wu couldhave gone for earnest explosions of color he exercised complete control,tempering pops of magenta, violet and yellow and the finale goddessgowns, with plenty of nudes and neutrals. The result was undeniablypretty and well crafted.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)