For his Pre-Fall 2013 collection, Jason Wu channeled the work of the late illustrator/photographer/boy-about-town Antonio Lopez whose portraits of style icons like Jerry Hall, Grace Jones and Pat Cleveland captured the hedonistic, glamorous vibe of New York’s elite in the 1970s and 80s.
Adding a dose of surprising edge for the brand, Wu architected leather with a new dexterity–cutting chevron stripes and body-mapped panels with a confidence and precision not seen since Tom Ford dabbled in a similar aesthetic at Gucci. Fish scaled paillettes, goddess draping, and signature ostrich-feather embroidery proved, once more, that Wu’s talent remains strongest in the evening, occasion and cocktail categories.
Though slightly less spirited, the collection’s day offerings–trimmed in died furs, and plunge leathers–certainly weren’t lacking in the glamour department.
Indeed, we could imagine all three of Antonio’s girls–Jerry, Grace and Pat–wearing any of Wu’s offerings day or night.
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