– By Val Bitici Twerdahl –
Edgy femininity was the theme at Jason Wu’s Fall 2013 show this afternoon, with tailored silhouettes, cinched waists, and exaggerated shoulders dominating the runway. A sartorial addendum to the form-fitting lace and leather pieces that made up his Spring 2013 collection, Wu’s newest designs consist of bold cuts and accentuated lines. The color palette he chose for fall is equally assertive—black and white with electrifying pops of blue and red, and a few pieces of earthy—and rather stern looking—caramel added to the mix.
Marrying flirty flairs of pleated chiffon with soft velvet, fur and feathers in well-constructed, formfitting shapes, Wu proved to the world that there is no need for women to hide under cold-weather fashions. His models were all stunning and sexy, and never obscene or unladylike as they walked the square shaped runway. Not surprising for a designer who has, since 2006, based his career on making women look as feminine as possible. However Wu’s ideal woman has come a long way from the saccharine sweet, tea-length-dress-wearing lady he introduced during his first runway show seven years ago. Now, Wu’s woman is a self-assured power-player with a firm place in the fashion scene. Though the humble, 30-year-old tastemaker would never admit it, these confident, modern designs are a direct reflection of his own growing success among fashion clairvoyants.
Val Bitici Twerdahl is a writer, born and raised in manhattan. Since 2008, she has worked as part of Vanity Fair’s editorial team, sometimes contributing to vf.com. Val spends her free time blogging (miscv.tumblr.com), traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, skiing, and dreaming about one day becoming an art collector.
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