Saturday, June 6, 2009

Jason Wu Resort 2010 collection - luxurious, chic and truly modern

Jason Wu, the designer of Michelle Obama’s famous inaugural gown, showed his 2010 resort collection on Thursday, June 4 at the Greenwich Hotel in New York.

In a collection that honed in on a few electric colors, Canadian-Taiwanese designer Jason Wu let us taste the rainbow with fan-pleated skirts in both bright red and green, and saved the 'oldie but goodie' highlighter-yellow for the end with a peplum shiftdress that was worth the wait. Pairing these brights with muted shades of grey, Wu played with contrary forces, mixing things up to attain that contemporary look. As he explained, "I love that we paired a jersey T-shirt and a luxurious draped skirt with a diamond bracelet."

Folds were plentiful, as envelope sleeves gave dimension up top, drawing the eye to a modestly sexy neckline, in tandem as pleats and drape skirts gave structure from below the ever-present belt. Blurring the lines between day and evening wear, these electric and shapely pieces can take any woman, at anytime to anywhere. "This is how the modern girl wears it. There's no definition. It's about really convertible clothes," said Wu after the show.

This season looks were inspired by Iris Apfel, an eccentrically fashionable textile expert renowned for mixing colors and prints, as well as high and low fashion. Her exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2006 resonated with Wu, who recalled that, "She was so full of color and texture and with her sense of style, I imagined what a Jason Wu girl would do when she raids Iris Apfel's closet."

A dove feather-embroidered tulle shell, as well as a red and pink petaled coat, authentically reminiscent of real flower petals, seemed to really channel in the Iris Apfel flair that Wu was aiming for. His 'Jason Wu girl' is about being "luxurious, chic and truly modern", and no matter what convertible she's riding in to whatever destination, Resort 2010 will be just that.

Born and raised in Taipei, Wu has traveled the world from early on in life. He spent a portion of his life living and studying in Canada, France and different parts of the United States before establishing himself in New York City where he attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design.

Always an avid fan of fashion, Wu started designing on dolls as a creative outlet for his budding interest in fashion design as a child. In 1998 after entering and winning a fashion doll design contest, Mr. Percy Newsum (president of Integrity Toys Inc.), noticed the young man’s potential and recruited him as a freelance designer. Within 2 years at the ripe young age of 17, Wu proved to be such an important part of the company that he was brought on as the full time creative director, only to be made partner soon after. In a market often considered as somewhat tired and old-fashioned, Wu has infused a unique energy into the scene with his approach to design and strong business savvy. He and his work have been featured in numerous fashion and lifestyle publications worldwide.

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