“Charley Harper meets the maharaja” is how Jason Wu described his pre-fall collection, which was inspired by the illustrator’s wildlife work and translated in rich jewel tones and refined embroidery and beading. “It’s taking two very different kind of exuberances into one collection,” Wu noted. The lineup included tiny floral prints or rich brocades on dresses, a beaded houndstooth pattern on a skirt, fine leaf embroideries on chiffon blouses and a structured camel hair cape with black botanical beading on the shoulders. Wu also doubled the size of his year-old accessories collection, and introduced the “Daphne” bag — a supple leather frame handbag named after model Daphne Groeneveld.

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