For Spring/Summer 2017, Jason Wu sent forth a study in contrasts: neons vs. neutrals, solids vs. sheers, and linear piping vs. ruffled accents. As opposites collided on the runway, a few looks felt uneven, especially in the case of the opening numbers, which featured shiny baby-blue paneling that looked positively lurid against crisp merino wool pairings. The occasional misstep aside, the overall collection bore all the hallmarks of Wu’s skillful tailoring and eye for unique color combinations, as was the case when navy dresses were decorated with tangerine polka dots and hot-pink dresses were finished with neon-yellow trim. For the forthcoming season, shoppers are guaranteed to turn to Wu’s collection for its gorgeous variety of flirty dresses.
While the fashion industry rushes to adapt to change, Wu’s steadfast commitment to feminine luxury continues to set him apart on the New York scene.
Solid navy versions were outfitted with dainty ruffled sashes and off-shoulder necklines, and a series of floral appliquéd frocks brought energy and liveliness to Wu’s runway. By crafting these beautiful dresses from a “jigsaw” method of stitching together curving panels of fabric, Wu forces the eye to move across the surface of the garment, adding an appreciative pause to the proceedings.
For evening, the designer presented a suit fit for a regal occasion, which came in a beautifully draped and cut silhouette and featured shaggy tufts of feathers sprouting from its surface at random. This idea was then translated into an equally beautiful dress, followed by a luxe spin on a moto jacket. Eveningwear continued in sheer fashion with a drop-dead gorgeous selection of boudoir-esque lace dresses, with the closing gown calling up the floral theme once more in a multi-colored bouquet of appliqués. While the fashion industry rushes to adapt to change, Wu’s steadfast commitment to feminine luxury continues to set him apart on the New York scene.