Collection titles or themes are always so eclectic. Some are utterly original, some are whimsical or nondescript, while others are very straight forward. Jason Wu, he who is synonymous with red carpet fashion looks, spearheaded A/W '13 New York Fashion week trends with a collection named 'Extreme Femininity' – a title that was generic while interesting enough to encompass the ideas Wu had for the upcoming season, yet also straight forward enough as a theme.
Wu presented a collection evoking a
female who was half seductress, half girl-transitioning-into-woman; although some of Wu's latest creations were probably too slick for younger girls. Perhaps this was an acknowledgement of the fast maturity rate in our post-internet generation? Anyhow, the designer showed prowess in updating
his signature pieces to create timeless appeal for his brand.
Jason Wu’s army of girls, each
clad in their own unique look, sported slick up ‘dos and sophisticated make-up.
They stalked the catwalk, bearing themselves with a fierceness and elegance complemented
by the set as well (there was a crystal chandelier as a centrepiece, apparently).
High-octane glamour was tinged with some fun in his otherwise combative collection: shoulders were accentuated with padding and fur while waists were emphasised with tight leather belts. The look was highly if not ‘extremely' feminine - and very sharp. Amongst the pieces bound to make a statement and attract buyers are his lace patterned trench coats and leather, as well as python, lace-up boots. A rhetorical question is in order here: can any girl/woman – or indeed, any grown-up woman – resist a pair of gorgeous python heels? Not if they've seen Jason Wu's.
While his pieces are enviably polished, what I loved most about Wu’s show however was that he seemed to emphasise how these girls were prim, proper and sexy. Pairings of high collared shirts and dresses – some turtleneck – together with more daring, skin-baring cuts offered cleavage modestly proposed. Bridging the gap between sharp tailoring and light femininity, Wu’s take on the modern female proved to be right on track for our ever changing times.