JASON WU – MODERN IMPRESSIONISM
Former FGI Rising Star winner and Night of Stars honoree, Jason Wu is another designer who turned to craft this season; “getting our hands dirty” is how he explained it to Vogue. To this end Wu worked with Cara Marie Piazza, a fabric artist who uses natural dyes to create prints that employ a variety of artisanal techniques. “Flower-bundling”, which other designers experimented with this season, is a method where fresh blossoms leave their imprint on fabric, creating a blurred, impressionist motif. These heavenly prints were fashioned into poufy evening dresses, short cocktail frocks and louche lounge pants that were topped with the season’s must-have stand-alone bra. Wu’s love of flowers is part of his heritage; his father’s garden is a major source of inspiration. This collection, which was shown on models wafting about floral-designer Emma Thompson’s luscious installations, felt like an ode to flowers, craft, memory, and so much more.