I always love Jason Wu's pre fall and resort collections and feel they are a testament to how talented and versatile he is. The in-between seasons typically have more of a commercial focus than spring and fall, but Wu never sacrifices one bit of quality. He shows that he can do wearable options like pants, sweaters, blouses, jackets and flats just as well as he can do sparkly evening gowns, with the same attention to detail and ability to make every piece special and unique.
For pre fall 2012, Wu was inspired by modern artist Charley Harper and his colorful wildlife illustrations (they are similar to Wu's signature owl), as well as the wardrobe of the Maharajah--the name for a ruling prince in India. Highlights of the collection were the prints and hand-embroidery. There was an adorable tiny forest print that made its way onto silk blouses and panels of dresses. The houndstooth was also especially impressive. It's hard to see in photos, but it was hand-embroidered with delicate beading that is super pretty in real life. Large green leaf embellishments on a few pieces were a fun touch as well and a bit Versace for H&M-esque. Red carpet-worthy vening options included shimmery brocade on knee-length dresses, a chic pantsuit, and a floor-length ball gown.
Overall, I loved and immediately wanted to wear the luxurious sweaters, pointy-collared blouses and window-pane printed jackets. And just about every accessory. This collection also marks the one year anniversary of Jason's foray into accessories, which are still going strong. The updated patent leather Miss Wu bags and a pair of cream oxfords were particularly swoon-worthy. That upcoming Target collection can't come soon enough. Click through for the look book and a peek at his inspiration board.