Jason Wu’s Pre Fall 2011 collection was inspired by Elegance: The Seeberger Brothers and the Birth of Fashion Photography, a book of photographs by the Seeberger brothers, who were essentially the Scott Schuman and Tommy Ton of the early twentieth century. Everything from the glamorous dresses to the black and white of the pictures made its way into the ladylike collection.
The colors are, compared to past collections, subtle, and gorgeous. There is an art deco feel to many of the pieces, including a blouse and shift dress with shimmering beading on the collar (photos don't do the sparkle justice). There is a black leather dress that somehow looks more ladylike than tough. There are several skirts that are begging to be worn by Blair Waldorf and a pale green gown that belongs on a red carpet.
To me, the most lust-worthy pieces (and there were many) were the coats. Most of them had some sort of lace applique or beading along the arms and/or shoulders, which sounds like it would be awkward and crafty but actually looked amazing, especially on an otherwise casual army green military-esque trench coat and a gray one-button wool coat worn cape-style.
Also impressive are the accessories, which Wu just launched for Spring. New for Pre Fall are new handbag shapes, one of which adorably mimics the face of an owl (Wu's logo) with the front flap and hardware. There are also some great platformed cigarette heels in the same color scheme as the clothes and even a range of sunglasses and eyeglasses, a collaboration with Modo.
Overall, it’s a strong collection and twice the size of last year’s. Business must be good for this blossoming designer and we can’t wait to see what’s next. Click through for our favorite looks from the collection.