Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012

Pre-fall Jason Wu

There's a reason why Jason Wu is so successful at what he does. He cuts clothes for women, not just boyish figures. (Though he cuts for those as well.) His pre-fall collection—inspired by the Maharajah of India—is full of beautiful colors and hand-embroidery. It is, in a word, stunning. But do we expect anything less of Jason Wu?

Pre-fall is always more straight forward and less editorial than fall or spring runway collections. But it also tends to be more wearable. In Wu's case, this means a slew of pencil skirts—and you know how I feel about those. Every woman needs a pencil in as many colors and fabrications as possible. They're flattering, they're sexy, and you can wear them to work and to post-work drinks. Wu has skirts in buttery leather, jersey, green with blue piping, a mix of patterns—you get the idea. I was obviously in heaven.

His outerwear was one of the other high points. I found my new dream coat—a plaid coat-cape hybrid. (Coape?) If I'd been a sample size I'd have worn it out of the showroom (running).

Pre-fall Jason Wu

It's also now been a year since Wu launched his handbag line and the pre-fall ones are strong. They come in three colors—white, black, and a rich chestnut leather. The hardware is subtle and very cool. As for his shoes, well, I can't wait to get his boots on. They'd go great with, you guessed it, his pencil skirts.

All of this gorgeousness hits stores starting May.

Photos: Offerings from Jason Wu's pre-fall collection