View Slideshow

RAISING THE BAR: Tuesday saw two firsts for U.S. designer Jason Wu: A Paris party in his honor at multibrand boutique Montaigne Market, and attending another label’s fashion show — Chanel.

“Being a designer I’ve done everything there is to do with a show, except going to one,” Wu said. “If there is a show to go to, then it has to be Chanel. The scale of it all, the intensity and the energy were so great. It also gives a young designer like me something to look up to. That’s the goal, to be as good as what [Karl Lagerfeld] does.”

This story first appeared in the March 7, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Wu is also in town for development meetings with L’Oréal-owned Lancôme, with which he is designing a makeup collection launching this fall that will include eye shadow, eyeliner, lipstick and nail polish in “intense colors.” He revealed that the packaging for the collection would be in his signature gray.

Retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue’s Ron Frasch and Neiman Marcus Direct’s Gerald Barnes attended the party, along with models Sophia Sanchez and Martha Hunt.

RELATED STORY: Jason Wu Fall 2013 >>