Jason Wu Fall 2012 Review

Jason Wu

Photo: Imaxtree

Looks from Jason Wu's Fall 2012 collection.

SHOW: Jason Wu (See the full collection.)

THEME: Iconic Chinese imagery and the 1940s Hollywood version of Chinese glamour.

HAIR: Odile Gilbert for Kerastase

MAKEUP: Diane Kendal for MAC


ACCESSORIES: Handbags, shoes, belts, hats, and gloves by Jason Wu; jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane; eyewear by Modo for Jason Wu

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: A strong showing for the everyday warrior woman.

What can’t Jason Wu do? He can do girlish day dresses and cute shorts, he can cut a killer tux, he can do embellished red carpet dressing with the best of ‘em, and he can even tweak his style signatures into an adorable and ridiculously reasonably-priced Target collection. What he hasn’t done? Power dressing, for a decidedly powerful woman.

Until now. Wu was inspired by iconic Chinese imagery—“from the Qing Dynasty to the instantly recognizable military Mao jacket to 1940s Hollywood take on China.” He (wisely) never got too literal with the theme, instead showing sharp, military-inspired jackets in bright Chinese red and burgundy, fur-trimmed trenches and sharp-shouldered blazers and dresses. Tough touches included studded belts, padded shoulders, and body-con seaming on skirts and sheath dresses.

The closest Wu got to the girlish prints of seasons past was a red and blue cloud print that took on a distinctly Chinoiserie flavor on a black dress with satin sleeves. But when it came to evening, it was classic Wu, freshened up for Fall: gold Qing brocades, hot pink and red satin finished with black embroidered fan lace, and silk devore velvet trimmings.

It was an evolution for Wu, but it always looked like him—a success if there ever was one.