NYFW AW19: Jason Wu

LAST season Jason Wu dialed it back a notch during fashion week by presenting his collection off-runway with a more intimate presentation. His AW19 collection followed the same concept as garments were hung up on mannequins, in a spacious well lit room, shedding a light on a dreamy AW19 collection.

The collection was true to Jason Wu’s style: 18 dresses all capturing the essence of what Autumn, according to Wu that is. From raised hemlines to floor-sweeping dresses, these eighteen garments were sure to provide enough diversity for any wardrobe.

The designer proves himself a master in pleating, folding and fabric manipulation. Forget jewellery, dresses are embellished with fabric, taking the shape of flowers and other botanicals. A white floor-length dress with black detailing looked as if it was almost fluid itself. Using the same technique there was a navy, perhaps one of the more autumnal looks in an otherwise very spring-like colour palette.

The second category in his 18-dress family were feathers. With a black feathered hemline being the calm before the storm. A storm that took the form of a knee-length dress covered in two different types of feathers, that ruffled with this faintest gush of air, a mesmerising sight to behold.

Yet the star of the show – well presentation – was a blush dress that through tailoring and fabric manipulation looked as if was cascading down, creating an elegant and stunning shape, morphing seamlessly with the mannequin’s bodice, almost becoming one.

It wouldn’t be a Jason Wu show without some flowers. The actual floral arrangements were more subtle as compared to his SS19 show, yet made a second appearance in the form of a poppy-print, getting us in the spirit for Remembrance Day.

Jason Wu proves to be a master of manipulating fabric and in doing so creating beautiful bouquets of dresses.

by Lupe Baeyens

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