Jason Wu may have left the black-and-white behind, but his Pre-Fall 2014 Collection is definitely not singing rainbows. With a dark and muted color palette of gorgeous browns and olive greens, I’m not complaining though. (Brown is one of my favorites to wear, after all.) There’s something so easy about this collection. It’s clean and never ostentatious. It does what I’ve come to love and expect from Jason Wu, it stands firm with a strong presence while softly stealing the show. It also toes the line of masculine and feminine so artfully I’m beginning to think the man is a ballerina. I love an androgynous collection, especially one that can then throw in a beautiful satin ruffled number ala Lanvin that is not seen as a copy but rather a reinvention of the look.
Just how does the man do it?
It’s not all perfection though. There is a range that seems a little disheveled to me. Granted, I believe that’s the look Wu is going for with the first pieces of this collection. Artfully disheveled, so to speak. A mixed floral and paisley print is cut into tiered and layered dresses and skirts. It seems like something out of Eliza Doolittle’s closet if you ask me. But, when pulled into a more crisply cut design, it is genius. (See look 3) It’s nice to see that Jason Wu is a master but not flawless. (He’s human. Thank god!)
My favorite look of this entire collection, and perhaps of Pre-Fall 2014 thus far, is a an olive gown with a tiered skirt and embroidered bodice. It seems so stoic and is definitely eye-catching. The black version of the dress is beautiful, but does not have near the effect of that unusual green. I want it!!
Let me also take a moment to say how much I appreciate the understated hair and makeup. In fact, the whole collection is very understated while being amazingly beautiful and chic. Less is more kids, less is more.
Thank you Jason Wu, for being you!