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Fashion Bytes: Jason Wu’s #GreyOut at New York Fashion Week

Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at New York Fashion Week Spring 2018.

The brand: A witty take on city style, GREY Jason Wu is a go-to label for cool girls with jam-packed days. From painted bunny prints to wispy maxi dresses, it’s an elevated way to dress from day to night.

The designer: Wu shot to fame after dressing Michelle Obama for her first inaugural ball, and he quickly became a red carpet favorite for stars like Diane Kruger and Kerry Washington. In 2014, he was honored by the Parsons School of Design—despite having famously dropped out before his own graduation several years earlier.

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Our Dinner with Jason Wu—Plus a Sorbet Champagne Cocktail

Jason Wu isn’t exactly the flashy party boy so often associated with the fashion scene. The mild-mannered, impeccably polite and fundamentally sweet designer would be better cast as a gentlemanly dinner companion. Jason is, in fact, known for the beautiful dining experiences he creates for his nearest and dearest. We’ve profiled a few of the past shindigs that he’s thrown to celebrate his sibling label, GREY Jason Wu. And just last week, he hosted a dinner in Seattle. It was as perfectly planned—down to the gorgeous garnishes and centerpieces—as you’d expect from the detail-oriented fashion designer.

See the menu and images, plus read about the details—like his sorbet champagne cocktail—as described by Jason below. Two scoops, please!

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GREY Jason Wu Goes to Hong Kong with Caroline Issa—Plus His Upcoming Capsule Collection with Diane Kruger

One of our favorite things about fashion is its ability to transport the wearer—in time (historic, seasonal) and in place (environment, geography). When we think of it that way, a dress seems like a small price to pay to be lifted out of our everyday existences whenever we choose. Wear a mod sheath and go to a galactic future, while a peasant blouse seems to occupy the pastoral past.

Jason Wu masterfully designs to send his customers on adventures. His sibling collection, GREY Jason Wu, caters to the modern city dweller, the kind of women he knows and regularly dresses. And the campaign for GREY’s pre-fall collection occupies a particular locale: Hong Kong, that Pearl of the Orient. For the shoot, Jason asked his pal and collaborator, Caroline Issa, to style the colorful, contemporary collection in the city’s retail-heavy Central district, largely on Stanley and Wellington Streets.

We spoke with Jason about his pre-fall designs and his upcoming collection with actress Diane Kruger (at Nordstrom in November!). He also shared a behind-the-scenes video of the Hong Kong shoot. We can’t wait to go.

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What It Takes to Be a Jason Wu #GreyGirl–Featuring Caroline Issa

You might be a #GreyGirl if you enjoy dinner parties with themed menus and artsy guests.

… if you’re ambitious but laid-back, confident yet approachable.

… if you love colorful, casual, unique clothes in soft, sensuous fabrics.

Grey Jason Wu and Caroline Issa

You’re definitely a #GreyGirl if you’re the fashion director Caroline Issa, model Constance Jablonski, illustrator Angelica Hicks, poet Cleo Wade, actress Sonoya Mizuno or musician Sophie Auster.

Designer Jason Wu’s sibling label GREY Jason Wu attracts a clique of cool girls, many who attend the dazzling dinners Wu throws at the launch of his seasonal collections. But #GreyGirls aren’t only glitterati; they’re Wu’s close friends and fans of his fun, feminine designs–like Caroline Issa, who collaborated on his current collection, or our own Brianna Haynes, a department manager in our Nordstrom Broadway Plaza store.

CHANCES ARE, YOU’RE A GREY GIRL: READ THE STORY

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How Jason Wu Throws a Party, or Two: Grey Jason Wu’s Celebratory Launch

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 one of his launch parties.

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.

Place setting at a Grey Jason Wu dinner party.

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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