Jason Wu Handbags: Where’s Daphne?

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.


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.

“The original ‘Daphne’ bag was inspired by the ’40s frame bag, modernized by a much softer structure and a relaxed attitude,” Wu said from his New York studio while in the midst of preparing his fall ’14 collection to be shown at Fashion Week next month. “I have since evolved the original shoulder bag shape into a series, including the newest introduction, the ‘Daphne’ tote.”

So who’s the inspiration behind this collectible handbag series? “I met model Daphne Groeneveld a few seasons ago when she first arrived in New York and just fell in love with her. Daphne’s striking, classic-with-a-twist look reminds me so much of this bag that I decided to name it after her.”

Bellissima: These supple Italian-crafted ‘Daphne’ bags are richly textured, capturing Wu’s cutting-edge point of view.

Jason Wu ‘Daphne’ Leather Crossbody Bag in Ivory &
Jason Wu ‘Daphne’ Calfskin Crossbody Bag, Medium in Black

The Details: Goldtone polished hardware adorns the front pocket for a truly clean and modern look.

Jason Wu ‘Daphne’ Leather Satchel in Black &
Jason Wu ‘Daphne’ Leather Hobo in Bordeaux

Where will you take your ‘Daphne’? Share your handbag adventures using hashtag #WheresDaphne

Qianna Smith