Fresh off his second U.S. presidential inauguration credit with first lady Michelle Obama, the FLOTUS' favorite designer, Jason Wu, gave his Fall 2013 collection its debut during New York Fashion Week on Friday at a former Park Avenue church.
Wu chose to forgo a theme for his collection, instead employing his street cred to show expertly tailored feminine pieces as models strutted around a glitzy chandelier.
"Mr. Wu said he wasn’t interested in doing a theme this season, just giving a grown-up look," Cathy Horyn of the New York Times reported in her article "Jason Wu Moves to the Grown-Up Table."
Contending themes are typically a bore anyway, Horyn quoted Wu as saying of himself, “Well, I’m more grown-up.”
After having been picked by Obama to design both of her inauguration dresses, Wu apparently decided now was the time to do what he does best: pleated gowns, beautiful trench coats, and cocktail dresses adorned with beading and hints of skin and sparkle. The designer still kept a few downtown chichi pieces in, though, such as two sheer turtleneck tops in black and red and utilitarian pockets on one belted bomber jacket.