Sunday, 6 November 2011

NYFW Designer Profile: Jason Wu

It's that time of year again when fashionista's flock to the upper east side for New York Fashion Week, where the top designers showcase their ready-to-wear collections for A/W 2011 and S/s 2012. It would honestly take me all week to go through every collection that I loved, so instead I've just picked one.
The manhatten-based fashion designer, Jason Wu, was born in Taiwan in 1982. He learned how to sew by designing and sewing for dolls, and went on to study sculpture in Tokyo. Wu continued this career path at sixteen by learning to create freelance doll clothing designs for toy company Integrity Toys under the lines "Jason Wu dolls" and later "Fashion Royalty". Later he studied at Parsons: The New School for Design in New York and went on to intern for Narciso Rodriguez.

Jason Wu debuted his first Ready-To-Wear Collection in 2006 with a unique and distinctive aesthetic, Through merging American sportswear with old world sophistication, he established a supremely feminine and modern sensibility.

“I have always found a woman’s body to be especially beautiful ever since taking my first life drawing class as a teenager. I was drawn to fashion design as it is my passion to create garments that enhance and flatter the female form,” explains Jason.
So, onto his showcase of the S/S 2012 collection! 
Jason Wu debuted a collection fit for modern sophisticates who aren’t fussy or stuffy. Inspired by pop art, he played with proportion as well as contrasting black, grey and white basics with sherbet brights of pink and yellow in his colour palette. The models were styled with waist cinching narrow belts,  hair was pulled up into messy spiky updos and flashed bright tangerine lips as they came down the runway, walking to 'Grace (Sleeparchive Remix)' by Miss Kittin. Click here to listen!

Accessory Trend Alert: Laser Cutting

Popular on the beige handbags of your great auntie, but never really a noticeable micro fashion trend, well thanks to designer Christopher Kane, the accessory market is going crazy for cutouts!

Kane's new season collection, found here! at Net-A-Porter, showcases cut-outs on purses, skirts and tops. The highstreet must have seen it coming as all the major retailers are flooding their accessory departments with gorgeous cut-out items that fit nicely with the current 70's bohemia and colour blocking trends. 

Here are some great pieces that are on trend, on the highstreet, and most importantly on the money!

Teal laser cut platform shoes, £40, from Dorothy Perkins
Buy them here!

Skinny belt with flower cut-out detail, £10, ASOS
Buy it here!

Silver cut-out cuff, £4.99, New Look
Buy it here!

Silver cut-out purse, £6, Marks&Spencer's
Buy it here!

- From my co-owned blog 'everybodylooksthesame'

'Till Death Do Us Part

US Vogue may have her on the cover of their coveted September Issue, but British Vogue have her editorial wedding photo's as a spread in theirs. Iconic model Kate Moss married musician Jamie Hince on 11th July 2011 in the Cotswolds. After, photographer Mario Testino, who also photographed Royals William and Kate for their engagement photos, captured their day in an elegant collection of shots. 

Kate's dress was designed, on her request, by disgraced designer John Galliano, who is currently on trial and Paris for the anti-semetic allegations made against him. The shoes were exclusively designed by Manolo Blahnik. The groom wore a light blue Yves Saint Laurent suit and a pair of dark sunglasses to accompany his rockstar persona.

Close friends Naomi Campbell, wearing Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Bryan Ferry in a Gucci suit and US Vogue editor Anna Wintour are understood to have attended the ceremony.

- From my co-owned blog 'everybodylooksthesame'

Freja - The Current Face of Fashion

The 23 year old danish model, Freja Beha Erichsen, really is taking the fashion industry by storm as one of the most wanted runway and campaign models of the year. She was signed to IMG Model Agency in 2004 and made her debut, the next year, walking for Prada and Louis Vuitton in Paris and Milan.

Now she's Karl Lagerfeld's 'muse' and the repeat face of Chanel, as well as on the current cover of British Vogue - she has become a global sensation, and we're not likely to see her disappear anytime soon.

- From my co-owned blog 'everybodylooksthesame'