May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Jason Wu cited Antonio Lopez and his muses, Jerry Hall and Grace Jones, as inspirations behind his Pre-Fall collection. The designer channeled the decadence of the disco era, which was their heyday. Flared wide-leg pants, body-hugging dresses, and touches of gold all evoked the references, as did the sultry wavy hair and red lips a la Ms. Hall. Wu put his own bondage-y spin on the looks, using lots of leather and incorporating bustier details into many of his dresses. The sexy laced-up shoes supported these overtly seductive pieces. It seems the designer is attempting to distance himself from the ladylike aesthetic with which he has been associated. However, there were still plenty of gauzy blouses, pleated skirts, and sweet dresses to satisfy fans of his earlier work. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Body-con / A-line / Flared / Fit-and-flare / Long + languid
Color: Black / Emerald / Ivory / Marigold / Gold / Olive / Royal purple / Maroon
Key Items: Striped separates / Flared pants / Bustier dresses / Pleated skirts / Leather coats
Materials: Leather / Chiffon / Eel skin / Tweed / Organza / Fluid silks / Perforated leather / Fine-gauge yarns / Fur
Print + Pattern: Stripes / Zig-zags / Chevrons
Details + Trim: Piecing / Accordion pleats / Gathering and draping / Fur trim / Beading / Feathers
Accessories + Footwear: Gold chain choker / Gold skinny belts / Boxy clutches / Lace-up sandals / Ankle strap sandals
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