The times are changing; the times are staying the same. What matters most to women is what has always mattered: beautiful clothes that add to our strength and beauty and enrich our daily lives. What matters to the industry, however … that’s in flux as designers, retailers and clients adjust their expectations in terms of access, timing and the whole song and dance of it all.
On Friday Jason Wu prioritized real women and presented his spring collection inside a gorgeous but relatively small environment. The number of attendees was about half that of last season, and while Jason always creates a beautiful runway environment, yesterday’s felt truly special.
NYFW just got cozy at Jason Wu; atmosphere images and video by Carmen Daneshmandi
We captured the daring and nontraditional landscape of the show, and we spoke with Jason about how it all relates to the looks he loves—and what’s on offer now for fall 2016.
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Some occasions are too important to fête just once. Take it from Jason Wu, the launch of a new collection is cause to celebrate again and again. On the advent of his new diffusion line, Grey Jason Wu, the American designer decided to host a series of dinner parties. Wu is a consummate entertainer. His elegant and lively functions usually include any number of New York artists, literati and fashion luminaries, inventive menus and impeccable decor. And, of course, gorgeous clothes.
Jason Wu bartending at his July 20 party at the Lucky Bee in New York. All images courtesy of Grey Jason Wu.
Coolly feminine with a slight edge, Grey Jason Wu, his namesake designer collection’s sister line, is perfect for the New York society with whom Wu runs.
We got a glimpse inside two launch parties Wu has hosted to date—more will follow, we’ve been told—and a look at the comely guest list dressed in Grey. Additionally, the designer imparted some party hosting tips and a recipe for French vanilla bean ice cream—so good.
Scenes from the July 20 dinner party at The Lucky Bee in New York.
Do you have one simple tip for entertaining that you can share?
Make guests feel welcome. I think the best dinners have a great ambiance and are not too fussy. I love using creativity to cook and prepare for guests. Try to curate a meal that encourages guests to get involved.
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Notorious for flouncy dresses doused in microprints, Jason Wu surprised on Friday by kicking off New York’s Fall Fashion Week with a casually moody collection.Photos: InDigital
Among the designs we’ve come to expect from Wu, overly long sweater sleeves, curve-hugging knit midi dresses and simplified blown-up prints are not first on the list. Consider yesterday’s collection as the grunge-inspired counterpart to his fall 2015 collection, a sexier and slouchier departure from last season’s luxurious furs and slinky gowns.
Not to say Wu’s signature feminine frill didn’t make an appearance in the form of individually placed plumes loaded on flowing dresses and oversized coats alike. The additional layered lace minis, bleeding floral prints and strappy backless dresses helped balance the masculine trouser and knit combos, ’60s-inspired miniskirt suits and dilated windowpane prints. Standout pieces include a lone brown leather trench (expectedly two sizes too big in design), detachable fur capelets and, of course, his seasonally sought-after bag—this time a shoulder saddle sack in pretty much any material from acid-toned snakeskin and white fur front to foolproof black.
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What history will remember of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Class of 2015 is they were the ones who broke the rule—the rule that there can only be one winner.
The stars of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award ceremony
On Monday, November 2 at Spring Studios in New York, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg announced, on behalf of a panel of judges that included Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky, that due to the extreme nature of “authentic” talent in the mix, there would be not one but three winners in this 12th annual fashion competition.
We were there to catch exclusive commentary from past winner and footwear genius Paul Andrew and others, and to pass on the inspiring message from Givenchy‘s creative director Riccardo Tisci—the evening’s keynote guest.
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Seemingly unfazed about relocating from Paris to New York Fashion Week, Riccardo Tisci marked his decadelong reign at Givenchy Friday by bringing the play on masculine and feminine back to basics.
The show was a spectacle of contrast showcasing ethereal lingerie-inspired laces draped and knotted over fluid tuxedo pants, topped with smoking jackets. Keeping it simple with black and white, Tisci once again showed us the art of taking opera-style eveningwear to the street.
Not one to shy away from theatrics, the designer enlisted performance artist Marina Abramović to collaborate on an emotional pre-show promoting love, spirituality and cross-cultural acceptance—exemplified by religious chants and the designer’s own decision to open the show to 800 members of the public (something to keep in mind for next year).
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Jason Wu shows at 11am on Day 2 of New York Fashion Week. If you’re a model of the moment—a best of the best—that means you’re due in the makeup chair at about 8am. Not horrible or anything, but in the event that Marc Jacobs hosted the party of the decade the night before, well, it might seem rough. Not to worry, though: these young women are professionals first and foremost, and all was in order on Friday morning as a crew of beauties and those charged with taking great care of them readied for Wu’s spring presentation.
Hanne Gaby Odiele, a classic beauty, backstage in her own dress before Jason Wu
And in this instance, “readied” meant, in large part, the application of a gorgeous, deep red lip. Here’s your look at the top models in the industry right now—and Mr. Wu himself—counting down the moments to the big reveal.
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Your special events just got a lot more special. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Evening offerings within our Designer Collections, both online and at our Bellevue, Chicago, Tysons Corner and Vancouver stores. (But you can access these looks from anywhere; keep reading to find out how.) With decadent and gorgeous offerings from designers such as Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Reem Acra and Jenny Packham, whose crimson stunner is pictured here, we’re now perfectly positioned to dress you for black-tie dinners and fine occasions.
Jenny Packham runway look courtesy Jenny Packham
And, oh, the world of black ties and special events. The romance, the style, the champagne! We polled two of our featured designers to get their take on those special, and specially dressed, moments.
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A short list of the icons of fashion and style who’ve had a handbag named in their honor: Jane Birken, Brigitte Bardot, Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Princess Di, Lana Del Rey and …
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Tamara (Glam and Glitter) is a regular on The Thread, thanks to her trendy, feminine style. She’s just one of those girls who looks amazing in anything. This biker-chic ensemble fits right in at London Fashion Week. The moto jacket is still everywhere, and graphic jumpers are kitschy cute. Her blue palette works well against the grey skies we’ve been having. Tamara is stylish and a total sweetheart: the best of both worlds!
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White Moto Jackets | Midi Skirts | Graphic Sweaters
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Armani Collezioni Moto Jacket | Jason Wu Skirt | Equipment Star Pattern Sweater
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Jason Wu translates minimalist constructs into luxe dress code, and Tanya Taylor puts on the gloves to deliver knockout graphics.
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