Would you wear fur and feathers to the office?
For Fall/Winter 2016, Jason Wu’s daywear offerings proposed the kind of finery that is usually reserved for eveningwear, but it was with subtle elegance and refinement that he achieved this rare aesthetic. His silhouette was loosely tailored and effortlessly wearable, his plaid and floral prints were mellow and fuzzed out, and his touches of luxury were found in ostrich feather wisps and dyed fur harnesses. In effect, less was more.
Wu’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection centered on suiting and outerwear – with a few featherweight slip dresses thrown in for good measure – which is why office attire entered the conversation. By adding touches of fur in the form of strapped-down collars that spread over the shoulder, Wu revived the strong silhouette associated with power suits, but in a more refined way. Feathered separates and skirts were a breezy, beautiful solution to the tired problem of how one should adjust their workwear wardrobe for the winter months, and strong outerwear in the form of plaid, leather, or checkered fur was the perfect accompaniment to Wu’s treatment of suiting.
Sophistication is one of his core values as a designer and the reason why he is the go-to guy for powerful women like Michelle Obama. This season, his collection strikes a careful balance that depicts luxury without ostentation, femininity without fragility, and refinement without snobbery.