Jason Wu

She's a fan: Jason Wu and Rachel Weisz at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards. (Photo Credit: LIFE/Getty Images)

Early bird that I am, even on a Labor Day weekend Sunday, I stopped by the neighborhood bodega to pick up a copy of the Sunday Times, which in the Internet Age is purely irrational behavior. Why drop hard earned money in the bucket to read articles available online and outdated by the last paragraph?

Here’s the answer: as soon as I arrived home I hit the Front Page, muddling through tales of Hillary Clinton’s diplomatic trysts with quarreling lovers in the form of Israel and Palestine, only to stumble upon an even more interesting article about seriously talented Asian-American designers. Mind you, this article was not tucked away in the Style section, it was, and this bears repeating, on the Front Page of the New York Times.

The article was a celebration of a trinity of talents: Jason Wu (who I blogged about here), Richard Chai, and Alexander Wang were all honored with best new designer awards by the Council of Fashion Designers in America, and the story revolves around these three, but also takes the occasion to dive into the legacy of Asian and Asian American designers over the decades.

My favorite excerpt:
One thing (Asian-American designers’) heightened visibility has done for them as a group is to create opportunities in Asia, where the realm of luxury fashion had long been exclusive to traditional European houses like Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Could this possibly mean no more dumbed down fashion advertising from haughty French couture houses?

More here.


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Jason Wu

by Liz on July 24, 2010

in Fashion

Are you ready to be inspired? Jason Wu’s 2011 Resort Collection is a delicious exploration of classic French style à la Coco Chanel. Each piece suggests what it means to be a 21st-century lady. Of course, no one is better equipped than the Taiwanese-born Wu to define what a lady is. Wu came to fame when the fashion-forward Michelle Obama graced her husband’s Inaugural Ball in a one-shoulder ivory gown. Next, Hollywood fell, with Reese Witherspoon, Diane Kruger, and Camilla Belle leading the charge. Here’s a few of my favorites, be sure to ogle more eye candy here!

1. Ruffled cocktail dress. For me, little black dresses are super-indispensable, but flirtatious gowns that come with color and drape is a bolder move. I can totally see this dress on the likes of Diane Kruger and Scarlett Johanssen. Bombshell!

2. Breezy tweed suit. This is Coco Before Chanel, maybe even Wu before Obama? The classic ensemble has been done before, so I’ll call this piece Chanel Suit version 2010.

3. Soiree coat and LBD. What I really love here is the layering, the little black dress ensconced inside the dramatic floral shell.

4. Evening dress. This is very 1930s Hollywood. I can only imagine how the fabric must flutter behind you as you glide down a film noir staircase, not unlike Marlene Dietrich or Joan Crawford at the peak of their glamor.

5. Strapless floral dress. All about ruffles, ruffles, ruffles! And sculpted shoulders. My personal favorite. It looks completely wearable for most body types, and for many years to come, and could easily find its way from a wedding to a girl’s night out of clubbing and celebratory karaoke. Encore!

(Photo Credit: Maria Valentino/Firstview.com)