Day Two Of New York Fashion Week A/W 12 : Jason Wu

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If I am wrong, then someone please let me know, but I read somewhere yesterday, and have not counted independently, that New York Fashion Week hosts 306 shows. Another 59 shows and there would be enough shows for one per day, for an entire year. However, this is fashion month and fashion month begins in New York and today is day two of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Lincoln Center. There are lots of shows which go on each day, which would be hard to cover, so I am writing about the show which interests me the most. Todays show was Jason Wu’s Ready-To-Wear Autumn Winter 2012. 

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Jason Wu’s A/W collection takes on a Utilitarian approach, with stiff collars, neck ties, and cinched waists. With poker straight Samurai-inspired pony tails, the look is tough and formal, yet remains ladylike. It has strong elements of the 1940’s with tight, shapely pencil skirts and fur in the form of collars and sleeves, made modern by mixing it up with visible zips, double breasted blazers, sharp ponies and mossy green winged, smoky eyes.

Black, burgundy, ruby red, midnight green with a flash of gold embroidery are the colours featured in this collection. Quintessential autumn winter colours. Rich, vibrant, alive and colourful. With sharp shoulders and curved tailoring in all the right places, like BCBG’s collection, it’s clear that the feminine form is the most important and pivotal point of consideration for Jason Wu. The shoulders are broadened, sharpened and emphasised, automatically creating a smaller waist, which is, in turn, made smaller and more of a focal point, with a belt in place, proving that with a neat bow tie, the androgynous look is still one in favour.

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Leather, fur, embroidery, lace, silk taffeta and crushed velvet make these outfits tactile and provide depth, quite the opposite of BCBG and their billowing silks, and would probably fit more comfortably with the seasonal change in weather, due to the heavier fabric. 

If I could choose one look for myself, it would be look number one, on the top row, with the crossover bow tie and the pencil skirt. Its sharp, provocative, strong, classic and modern at the same time and right up my street.  

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