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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.

Qianna Smith
Photo by Cameron Krone 

In January, the fashion world got its first look at Jason Wu’s dual design personality with the introduction of MISS WU, the playful counterpart to his sophisticated main collection. For the second offering of MISS WU, Jason continues to expand his modern point of view on the ’60s with a fall line that is both pretty and polished. The New York-based designer tapped Argentine beauty Magda Laguinge to star as his mod muse for the MISS WU lookbook that was photographed by Simon Burstall in the heart of Chelsea. Join Jason and his creative team on set, for an intimate look at this Nordstrom-exclusive collection.

Sitting Pretty: MISS WU Check Jacquard Pencil Skirt (Nordstrom Exclusive)


Lucy Stripes: MISS WU ‘Zucca’ Stripe Cashmere Sweater & Crêpe de Chine Blouse (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Float from Day to Night: MISS WU Pocket Crêpe de Chine Blouse & Stripe Pleated Chiffon Skirt (Nordstrom Exclusive)

MISS WU fall/winter 2013 is packed with such wardrobe essentials as striped cashmere sweaters, boldly patterned jacquard dresses and pencil skirts—as well as more edgier items such as a slim-cut leather dress, a figure-defining faille-and-feather cocktail dress and a shearling moto jacket.

Stylist Lori Goldstein collaborated with Jason to create a quirky yet smart statement, which we’re sure women of all ages will want to embrace for the coming season.

Something About Magda: When it came to creating the beauty statement for the shoot, hairstylist Renato Campora went for a nod to 1960s cool. “I gave Magda a side part with some texture, then swept her hair into a very low ponytail,” he says. “This style is a little bit undone, with flexibility in the front to create softness around the face.”

Makeup artist Lisa Houghton went for a nude look on the face and eyes to highlight Magda’s radiant skin and kept the focus on the lips with a bold matte pink/fuschia color.

Hello, Beautiful!: MISS WU Dot Print Pleated Silk Dress & ‘Delicate Leaf’ Print Crêpe de Chine Blouse (Nordstrom Exclusive)

“[MISS WU] is something that girls are going to want to live in and go back to all the time, year after year,” says Jason.

Steady As She Goes: MISS WU Dot Print Crepe de Chine Blouse, Pleated Leather Skirt & ‘Polimero’ Textured Stripe Cashmere Cardigan (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Are you ready to fall forward with MISS WU? Be the first girl in your group to don this smartly cool collection and pre-order online. The highly anticipated second season of MISS WU by Jason Wu hits stores on July 10.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Craig Arend

Jess hails from Australia, but she’s always on the road gathering content for her blog, Tuula. She’s a rising star in the blog world and is making a name for herself, thanks to her youthful, polished style.

She says she prefers streamlined simplicity, rather than piling on statement accessories and trends. I love her bright color choices and that electric moto-inspired coat!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Printed Silk Tops | Little Black Booties | Colorful Coats

Shop our Editors’ Picks to recreate this look:

Miss Wu Chiffon Top | Jeffrey Campbell Bootie | Kristen Blake Coat

It’s not every day that you see a young woman with such a clear stylistic vision. Paula’s look is inspired by classic prep styling but gets an update with a modern coat and retro wingtips. Oxblood has been one of the season’s heavy hitters, and Paula’s moto-inspired coat is the perfect hue. I can’t wait to try this look for myself!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Straight-Leg Pants | Women’s Oxfords | Spring Trend: Print Party

Shop our Editors’ Picks to recreate this look:

Vince Camuto Tuxedo Pants | Jeffrey Campbell Oxford | Miss Wu Print Chiffon Blouse

Winter is in full force here in NYC, so cozy layers and accessories are an absolute must! The adorable Ella has a great mix of sleek wool, sweet separates, and quirky accessories. It’s great to see so much color on the streets during these gloomy months, and her beaded collar adds just the right amount of sparkle. I think this might be the chicest a fur trapper hat has ever looked!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Faux Collar Necklaces | Big Neutral Satchels | A-Line Skirts

Shop our Editors’ Picks to recreate this look:

Cara Faux Collar Necklace | Jimmy Choo Leather Satchel | Miss Wu Twill Skirt

We’re Instagram stalking our Fashion PR Director, Pamela Lopez, while she picks out her essentials for Fashion Week.

When your suitcase is packed to the brim with Miss Wu, Vince, Proenza Schouler, Marni and scads more names, you know you’re ready to tackle anything Fashion Week throws your way. Can’t wait to see more from you soon, Pamela!

Miss Wu Stripe Sweater| BCBGMAXAZRIA Bootie | Tom Ford Nail Lacquer

Want to see what else we can’t live without at Fashion Week? Check out our Fashion Week Essentials Packing List. And for all our coverage, don’t miss our Fashion Week Hub, where you can find all the latest from Nordstrom at Fashion Week.

Jeff Powell

Need something to Wu for? In the latest issue of Teen Vogue, Jason Wu dishes about Miss Wu, his exciting new contemporary collection that will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom, starting in January.

Inspired by the iconic couples of the ’60s era—and in the present, already seen on First Lady Michelle Obama—Miss Wu was started for those girls who, says Jason, “want more femininity and color in their lives, while still being sophisticated and chic.”

With the New Year fast approaching, be the first to snag these coveted pieces that include shift dresses, leather jackets, and Jason’s signature striped cashmere. In the meantime, check out the Jason Wu style in his current designer collections.

In case you haven’t checked your Twitter today, let us be the first to tell you about our partnership with the talented fashion superstar Jason Wu. Arriving January 2013 only at Nordstrom, the Miss Wu collection will consist of 40 covetable pieces complete with Wu’s signature elements: luxurious fabrics, original prints and intricate details—with the relaxed, downtown-cool attitude of the modern gamine.

That’s Wu and team at the lookbook photo shoot—more on that coming soon! Until then, let us tell you just how excited we are about seeing the collection come to life. Inspired by European style icons of the ’60s—think Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, Françoise Hardy and Anna Karina—Wu tells WWD, “Those girls had that certain something-something that really felt right for the image of this girl.”

Whatever that certain something-something is, you nailed it, Mr. Wu. You’ll find Miss Wu in 49 of our stores—don’t worry we’ll spill on all the details (like which stores) in the coming months, but for now, we’ll leave you with the words of Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom EVP of Designer Merchandise: “This collaboration has an appeal not just to a younger set of women, but to a broader set of women—at prices that are approachable. What’s great about the collection is that while feeling different from the Jason Wu signature collection, it still clearly has Jason’s design DNA.”

Read more and see another image from the Miss Wu collection over at WWD.

Jeff Powell