The images of Jason Wu‘s inaugural lower-priced Miss Wu collection are still tightly under wraps, which is understandable since the duds won’t hit Nordstroms nationwide (and online!) until January 2013. But, lucky us, we got to preview the line yesterday and suffice it to say it’s chock full of highly covetable wares, more than one of which is sure to find its way to the top of our wish lists come January. Yours too if you share our love for kicky sixties shift dresses, stand-out prints, and splashes of that Yves Klein blue that is fast becoming a Wu signature.
We spoke with the 29-year-old designer yesterday morning as we examined the pieces on the terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel, thankfully out of the pouring rain and under the shelter of a glassed-in rooftop. Alas, the greenhouse-like effect of the space didn’t seem to agree with everyone: one of the models staggered and then collapsed after standing for more than an hour (as is typical for such a presentation). Luckily her Wu-clad compatriots helped her out, and, we hope, fed her some of the many assorted mini muffins we saw lying untouched.
As for the designer, while clearly concerned about the health of his model, he gamely answered a couple of questions we had about his venture into the contemporary market.
The Miss Wu girl, he explained is “mischievous, she’s feminine, she loves fashion.” In fact, he continued:
A lot of my friends would certainly be the Miss Wu customer. You know, the 20-somethings that are on their first or second job and really are quite serious about fashion, but can’t afford a designer price point all the time. So this is something that’s really great for them. Because it’s still a collection of great pieces to add to your wardrobe that are meaningful, not throw-away, but also it’s something that can be very wearable.
Oh, hey! Sounds a lot like us.
Because while we admire the designer’s ready-to-wear pieces as much as the next Michelle Obama acolyte, we’ll admit we have neither the means nor the occasion to don them on the daily. Miss Wu, on the other hand, retails for a more attainable $195-$795 (the latter for the quintessential investment piece — a black leather jacket) and consists of younger, more playful pieces for the stylish downtown girl. “I always thought that it’s a little part of my own personality that I’m projecting on the collection,” Wu disclosed.
And while we had his attention, we had to ask if he could reveal anything about his hotly-anticipated Spring show. “It’s all secret!”
Ah, well. September will arrive soon enough, we suppose.
image via WWD