Jason Wu Spring/Summer Collection 2013
Unfortunately I am one of the many people who couldn’t attend New York Fashion week (location being an obvious issue). But I made sure to watch the fashion shows just the same, trying to imagine that I was there. There has been countless articles describing the up and coming fashion trends of 2013 but when I saw Jason Wu’s Spring/Summer Collection (thank god for youtube) I had to sing its praises myself. Everything about his collection – the leather, the harnesses, the cut outs, the black, the lace, the studs – I am in love with. It does have an overall erotic charge to the collection which gives the impression that the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon stretched not only to the minds of readers, but is influencing fashion trends. And if that is the case with Jason Wu’s newest collection, I never thought I would say this, but thankyou E.L. James!
I want to talk about a few of my favourite things about this collection. I could rant on forever because I actually want every single piece in this collection but I’ll pick my top five favourite elements of his new collection.
No. 1: Kinky Leather Bondage
This design decision practically screamed the Fifty Shades of Grey Playroom (for those who read the book you know what I’m talking about). I have being eying off harnesses recently but always approached it with caution. I liked the idea of a harness, but I had no idea how to wear it. Thank you Jason Wu for giving me excellent ideas. I never realised how well they can frame an outfit. I think the key with a harness is so create a simple design with no superfluous belts and buckles that eclipse the other garments.
No. 2: High Waists
I am a high waist enthusiast. I cannot walk past a pair of high waisted shorts which explains my 6 pairs of high waisted shorts, 7 pairs of high waisted jeans and 3 high waisted skirts. And Jason Wu’s entire collection included items cut at the waist. Whether it be high waisted trousers or shorts, or dresses belted at the waist. I love high waisted designs because they accentuate my small waist whilst giving people the illusion that I actually have curves.
No. 3: Cut It Out
I really enjoy cut outs in clothing. Mostly because I don’t have the body to pull off the low cut neckline (small boob problems). So the cut out style is my solution when I want to show a little skin. Also I think it gives a grungy and more aggressive look as opposed to the sexy look a low cut v line gives. And like every girl I love to look sexy, but I guess I have a different idea about what sexy is. But I can definitely say Jason Wu’s cut out design are out of this world sexy
No. 4: Combinations
I love how he combined different fabrics to create different textures and layers. My favourite is the leather teamed with the transparent mesh. It is a clear example of the kinky trend he created without being so overtly erotic with plain black leather. Also the combination of the black leather with lace gives a more sophisticated style. Jason Wu really played up a soft/hard dynamic which gave his grunge style a classy finish. I am now totally going to experiment more with my leather shorts!
No. 5: Underwear As Outwear
The corset seamed dresses and structured underwear gave an old world feel to the garments. I am a huge fan of corseted seamed tops and dresses. I have a few of my own, mine are in floral print or block colours, but I love the idea of the corset in leather. I think the fact that Jason Wu waters down the heavy leather look with softer fabrics is what makes the leather corset succeed.
And can I just say I need this dress in my life. Shame for the hefty price tag: coming in at approx.. £3,000. Cmon tattslotto!
I am not trying to be a fashion expert, I just comment on what I see and write what I think.