Last month Jason Wu announced he'd be debuting his first contemporary priced collection to be sold exclusively at Nordstrom when it launches in January, after which it will expand to other stores. While Wu is no stranger to designing at a lower price point, having done a highly successful one-off collab for Target, this is Wu's first permanent foray into making clothes his friends can actually afford.
"A lot of my friends are not in fashion, my friends from high school and college, and they’re serious about fashion and they want something of substance in their wardrobe because they already know who they are, but they’re not quite the designer customer yet," Wu told us at a preview of the Miss Wu line held at the Gramercy Park hotel last week. "So these are really the perfect clothes...it’s clothes girls want to wear."
After seeing the line, which will range in price from $150 for dresses and separates to $850 for a sleek take on a leather biker jacket, we're inclined to agree with Wu. The super feminine, '60s it-girl inspired collection (Wu counted Anna Karina and Marianne Faithful among his muses), is full of sweet staples: colorful printed mod shifts, mini skirts, a fresh take on a short trench, and that leather jacket we mentioned earlier. Sadly these lackluster descriptions are all you're going to get for now--I had to sign an NDA.
The only thing missing? Cats.
An adorable cartoon French cat called Milu was the mascot/muse of Wu's Target collection. And we already know that Wu is a fellow cat lover, with two cats of his own named Jinxy and Peaches. So where were they in the Miss Wu line? We needed to know.
Here's how this embarrassing cat-love fest played out: Fashionista: This is a silly question for you, but because I’m a fellow cat spazz... Jason Wu: Are you? I would show you pictures but I lost my phone yesterday. Fashionista: Well, we got some from your publicist once. Jason Wu: How many cats do you have? Fashionista: Well we just got two kittens at home, and they are ridiculous...So can we look forward to seeing any more cat elements in Miss Wu? Jason Wu: I think there’s always going to be [cats in fashion], you know, just like stripes and prints, that’s so Jason Wu! I love animals, I love the idea of a little whimsy and a little character. Creating Miss Wu is about creating character where you can see how she lives...maybe she’ll get a cat in the future...she’s a cat person for sure. Fashionista: Us cat people get stuck with a stigma sometimes--that we're creepy and destined to die alone with lots of cats. Or something. Jason Wu: I'm changing that. Cats are chic! It's called a catwalk not a dog walk.