Designers, dresses, Features, Gallery, New York Fashion Week - Runway
By Andrea Petrou on February 13th, 2011
By Emily Borrett
Jason Wu’s new A/W 2011-12 collection just reminded me of why exactly he’s one of my favourite designers. In short, it was the kind of collection that dreams are made of. Built up mainly out of beautifully structured basics, and elaborated upon with prints, embellishment and Miu Miu-esque bows, the collection managed to encompass both the chic spirit of European fashion and the high-octane power and edginess of New York fashion.
As soon as the first look came down the runway, it was obvious that Wu had knocked it right out of the park yet again; the model appeared in the perfect pair of low-slung tailored trousers and tuxedo jacket, a sweet monochrome print on the shirt beneath. With an industrial grey lace-trimmed coat slung casually over the model’s shoulders, and a black silk bow tied at the shirt collar, this was girlish androgyny at its best. What followed after this first flawlessly put-together look was a long stream of perfect separates which we predict will become wardrobe staples – sharply high-necked, stiff-collared printed shirts, neat A-line skirts, bows at the collar and high-waisted dress pants. One of our absolute favourites out of his more casual looks was the leather A-line skirt/high-necked lace blouse combination, which, teamed with a vintage-esque monochrome handbag and red metallic heels was a knockout. ASOS, if you’re reading – please, please, please copy these pieces ASAP.
When it came to formalwear in Wu’s 2011-12 collection, lace, feathers and lavish embellishment were all key themes. With simple tailored skirts, jackets and blazers all adorned in the same extravagant costume jewellery detail on the hemlines and shoulders, Wu has basically single-handedly reinvented tailored dressing for women. Like many other designers this season, he favoured lace in both casual and formalwear – lace trims running up the sides of sleeves and legs were seen everywhere in this collection, bringing each look together smoothly and cohesively.
So basically, we absolutely adore this A/W collection from Jason Wu. To check out highlights from his NY Fashion Week show, check out the gallery above.