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We’ve tallied up the highlights from yesterday’s shows—including Proenza Schouler’s American sportswear shake-up, Michael Kors’s summery ode to ’50s-era optimism, and the latest from BOSS and Betsey Johnson.

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Breaking with old-school tradition (per the Proenza Schouler norm), designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough ushered forth an irresistible new take on heritage-minded American sportswear with cutout argyle sweaters, perforated leather coats and open-weave crochet dresses.

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First, we’ve got the highlights from yesterday’s runways, including Jason Wu’s nod to classic American sportswear, Nicole Miller going wild for Rio and girly ready-to-wear pieces from Rebecca Minkoff. Then, we’ll go behind the scenes at kate spade new york.

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Jason Wu polishes classic American sportswear with his signature tailoring and minimalist mindset.

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Sexy, effortless beauty was the look at Jason Wu’s spring/summer 2015 show, where Lancôme skincare and makeup were used to create creamy, dewy skin and soft, smoky eyes.

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February 7, 2014

Runway Rundown: Jason Wu

Nineties throwbacks got a modern update at the Jason Wu fall 2014 show this afternoon—think slinky slipdresses, velvet skirts and bulky boyfriend coats. Any hint of grunge sloppiness was decidedly absent, however, as each look was polished to perfection.

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The fourth and final image from the Jason Wu spring/summer 2014 campaign, starring supermodel Karen Elson, was released today, and The Thread has all the details behind the showstopping ‘Daphne’ tote perched alongside the fiery red British beauty.

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Snapped: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot this latest campaign and were also behind the lens for Wu’s fall and spring 2013 imagery.

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Snag spring’s most essential pieces, brought to you by Jason Wu. This season is about “adding ease to your wardrobe,” says the New York-based designer.

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September 7, 2013

A Moment with Jason Wu

Jason Wu x Karlie Kloss: Two best friends living the American dream and helping each other leave a lasting mark on fashion.

The last time The Thread caught up with Jason Wu was over the phone in July to discuss the colorfully mod second installment of Miss WU. And now, the attention turns to the muted spring/summer 2014 mainline collection, in which the designer explores the duality of construction.

“There are well-constructed separates in this collection. It’s about adding ease to your wardrobe,” says Wu, who outfitted his pal Karlie in a stunning pale sage embroidered hem tank gown that showed off her svelte physique.

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Photo by Cameron Krone 

September 6, 2013

Jason Wu’s Power Girls

Jason Wu gave a nod to the ’90s on Friday with a spring collection full of slinky slipdresses, textured sweatshirts and boxy, tailored suiting. In keeping with his fascination with femininity—especially its darker side—Wu played with the idea of the corset, placing laces here and there, but for the most part, looks were unstructured and slightly slouchy, in a curve-flattering way. The show opened with supermodel Karen Elson wearing a halter-neck gown covered in sparkles, hair parted severely down the middle. Meanwhile, Alicia Keys and Mad Men’s Jessica Paré held court in the front row, sporting fitted black dresses with lacy necklines.

(See also: Backstage beauty at this show)

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Colorful ’60s textures and covetable wardrobe essentials from the MISS WU fall/winter 2013 collection were on full display during Jason Wu’s visit to our Bellevue Square store in Washington.

The New York-based designer flew across the country to intimately connect with customers and fans of all ages.

Exclusively available at Nordstrom, the second season of Wu’s work-to-weekend diffusion line is all about nonchalant dressing done smartly. “There’s a sense of realness, that she’s an approachable girl,” said Jason, who wanted this latest line to provide an authentic look into the life of MISS WU.

Adoring fans enjoyed one-on-one time with the noted designer, receiving autographs as well as styling tips. Have you snagged the latest offerings from MISS WU?

Check out the looks we love in the MISS WU lookbook, modeled by Argentine beauty Magda Laguinge.

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July 10, 2013

Falling for MISS WU

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Rooted in femininity, inspired by the colorful textures of the ’60s and crafted with the sophisticated pedigree of the Jason Wu mainline, MISS WU is nonchalant dressing done smartly.

Exclusively available at Nordstrom, the second season of Wu’s work-to-weekend diffusion line arrives in stores today! With fall quickly approaching, our MISS WU shopping list is full of covetable wardrobe essentials, from super-soft cashmere striped sweaters to pleated chiffon skirts. Before we charge away, The Thread phoned the New York-based designer to get the scoop on his ladylike must-haves for fall/winter 2013, and as one might expect, we got a crash course in the Wu way of style.

Meet Miss Wu Take 1 & Take 2: A model moment: Meghan Collison (left) in a spring MISS WU Lace Yoke Faille Dress and Magda Laguinge in a fall MISS WU Leather Dress.

“I loved the idea of designing a collection that was a little whimsical, chic and yet still very feminine, which is a [hallmark] of my aesthetic,” says Wu on what he set out to accomplish in terms of creativity and wearability with this newly stocked line. “The fall line is aligned with the spirit of MISS WU, which we really established with season one.”

In January, MISS WU launched with Canadian-born model Meghan Collison as the muse of downtown chic. And for fall, Argentine stunner Magda Laguinge became the heroine of understated elegance. It seems to us that Wu may just have a penchant for models with names starting with M? “I actually didn’t realize that! I guess it’s an M for MISS WU,” he says with a laugh. “The clothes are as important as the girl that wears them. I’ve known Meghan and Magda for a long time. Each girl has a great individual style, and they both really have this MISS WU sensibility that I look for in a model. When they wear the clothes, you almost get the sense that they’re actually the clothes they just have in their own closet, which is what I really wanted for MISS WU.”

Warm Outerwear, Cool Styles: LEFT: MISS WU Genuine Shearling Moto Jacket & MISS WU ‘Gallone’ Jacquard Dress | RIGHT: MISS WU ‘Torre’ Wool Blend Jacket with Removable Genuine Fur Collar, MISS WU ‘Vera’ Lace Print Silk Blouse & MISS WU Paneled Tech Pants

The fall MISS WU collection continues to unveil the personality and relaxed attitude of Wu’s design aesthetic—as well as shed light on his obsession with the ’60s. When designing this collection, Wu envisioned a playful young woman, but who is she and where is she going? “She’s out and about, she’s on the town. She’s traveling a little bit, and so we see the first introduction to outerwear,” he says. “We also see her in different [kinds of] weather, and I just thought, with this season, we’re able to explore further into her wardrobe.”

It’s My Life: LEFT: MISS WU Tech Nylon Puffer Jacket & MISS WU ‘Sofie’ Stripe Cashmere Sweater | RIGHT: MISS WU Pocket Crêpe de Chine Blouse & MISS WU Stripe Pleated Chiffon Skirt

The shoot for the MISS WU lookbook took place in New York’s artsy-cool Chelsea neighborhood. Photographed by Simon Burstall, props played an important role in setting the tone and authentic look into the life of MISS WU. We asked Wu to walk us through his production and concepting process.

“I love working with props, and I used them for both the first and second collection so we could really envision the girl in the space, in her life. I wanted to set up these different vignettes so it looked like she was in different scenarios that would occur in her day-to-day life,” he says. “There’s a sense of realness, that she’s an approachable girl. The lookbook really serves as a window into MISS WU’s life this season. She had the backgammon set that I thought was really charming, as though it were something she would like to play. We also used a Persian rug, which showed her love of color and interesting patterns. These are all things I envisioned she would own in her apartment.”

Wearer-of-Wu: Actress-turned-author Jessica Alba recently donned the MISS WU Abstract Chain Jacquard Dress during a book-signing event for The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True To You.

There was a definite contrast between Wu’s fall mainline collection, which featured a palette of black on black, along with the vivid colors and patterns of MISS WU. If the Jason Wu woman had a one-on-one with the MISS WU girl, what style advice would she pass down? For Wu, the answer is simple: “Keep it individual, keep it feminine and keep it sophisticated.”

Go behind the scenes of the MISS WU Fall/Winter ’13 lookbook shoot for an intimate view of the collection.

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Photos courtesy of Jason Wu/Simon Burstall & portrait by Jayme Thorton