Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: A Native of Taiwan, Jason Wu is no stranger to the sartorially rich legacy of China and its many dynasties. To his collection’s trademark story of feminine refinement, Wu added an invigorating injection of Chinese iconography. This was realized in the form of gold filigree embroidery in medallion placement on the bodice of a Mao-collared sheath-dress, as well an updated interpretation of traditional Chinese botanical prints cut into a soft, tailored silk crepe pant. Offered as a nod to Hollywood’s idealized Chinese glamour, a duo of key-hole cheongsam dresses will undoubtedly earn collector’s item status. Contrasted against these pieces, was (among others) a lace-paneled, batted jacket; this piece’s utilitarian detailing and strict, waist-defining belt alluded to the precise design often associated with military uniforms. -Kibwe Chase-Marshall
Silhouette: Tailored / Slim / Whittled / Boxy / Maxi / Belted
Color: Black / Olive drab / Chinese red / Burgundy / Fawn / Poppy
Key Items: Evening jacket / Deep-slit gown / Slim trouser / Mao-collar blouse / Stitched-crease trouser / Cheongsam dress / Statement cape
Materials: Silk crepe de Chine / Metallic jacquard / Cashmere/wool-felted coating / Stretch wool-crepe suiting / Plonge leather / Silk velvet / Devore velvet / Fox fur / Cotton sateen / Duchess satin
Print + Pattern: Updated-traditional botanical / Gridded dots / Mirrored floral / Variegated stripe
Details + Trim: Lace paneling / Leather binding / Luxe metal zipper / Coin fob / Cascading slit / Brass buttons
Accessories + Footwear: Roller-bar double-prong belt / Weightlifter’s belt / Heeled sandal / Refined-toe pump
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