For the industry, Fashion Week in September marks the end of summer vacation. So it's little wonder that I felt pangs of heartache as certain looks from Jason Wu's spring 2016 collection came down the runway. The designer's theme of the season was "glamour," and while this isn't exactly surprising for Wu, many of the pieces were more youthful and breezy than they have been in recent seasons — without taking away from their sophistication. It's elegance made easy, and the lightweight, wearable dresses that the designer showed for spring are the stuff of warm weather wardrobe dreams.
From the opening look — a cape-back trench with fringed edges — ruffles and airy fabrics dominated the show, and while muted tones like a deep teal, black and rust were prevalent, pops of coral, stark white and a blurred floral print added some freshness. With their flirty skirts, open backs and the way they bounced as models walked, these ruffled numbers with a linen-like texture were made for a night of cocktails and dancing in the garden. Wu gave his lace pieces a summery update as well, using patchwork to create a leafy tropical motif that appeared on skirts paired with skintight knits, slip dresses and a long-sleeved, caped blouse.
The tailored sportswear that Wu has become known for was present as well, in the form of high-waisted trousers and shorts, a leather jacket with a matching skirt, structured raffia dresses and coats and a sexy black suit modeled by Binx Walton — worn just open enough to reveal her sheer black bustier. However, it's the aforementioned party pieces that had us buzzing as the show came to a close. Even Wu's perennially polished customer needs to keep it easy every so often, and come spring, she's in luck.