May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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New York: Jason Wu’s professional career thus far has played like a coming-of-age movie, as the fashion world has watched the designer mature and strengthen his vision with each runway season. Spring saw Wu more focused than ever, tempering his romantic, ultra-feminine inclinations with tailored menswear-inspired pieces. Thirties-style high-waisted trousers were a standout, coming in flat- and pleated-front varieties and widening into dramatic sweeping silhouettes. Wu also presented refreshing updates on the ubiquitous boyfriend blazer, keeping the longer lengths but cutting appealing slim fits through the shoulders and body. It would not be a Jason Wu show without the frills and froth, however, and the designer did not disappoint with plenty of sheer bow blouses, rosette-covered frocks and cascading gowns. The vibrant Pattern and Decoration paintings of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes served as inspiration for bursts of dense watercolor florals on dotted chiffon, bold striped knits and placed flower embroideries. Although at moments Wu seemed to have indulged a bit too much on sweets, the precise tailoring, extremely wearable separates and a mostly subdued color palette resulted in the designer’s strongest collection to date.
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