Jason Wu Shows High-Fashion ‘Mulan’ For Fall

It’s clear Jason Wu knows exactly what he’s doing. Following a perfectly timed capsule release, he showed a truly spectacular fall collection today at New York Fashion Week, and as they should, each Wu atery will snowball attention for the other. Granted, we’re comparing spring to fall here, but while the recently released Jason Wu for Target collection is adorable without question, today’s fall 2012 showing hammered home the differentiation. The parent line sits on an entirely different, muy fabuloso echelon of togs, and this show was calculated to the millidetail to prove just that.

From behind giant scarlet double door and a heavy fog, Wu sent out a kind of high-fashion Mulan (the Disney storytelling, of course). Black, olive, and maroons in hard tailored shapes gave way to fur details to metallic brocades and vibrant tomato-hued satins. While our nostaligic hearts would have EXPLODED to witness an NYFW show soundtracked to “We must be swift as the pouring rainnnn. BE. A. MAN.” etc., etc., we love and appreciate Jason’s selected minimalist background music. Frenzied tribal drums played under more utilitarian looks while lighter tinkling melodies scored the more feminine pieces.

MILITARY CHIC

Selects from the Jason Wu Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

One of the biggest trends seen on Jason Wu’s runway was this collision of utilitarian silhouettes and opulent fur accents, and not just as scarves and stoles and lapel accents. Wu took jackets and added gorilla arms. Quilted vests were given fur skirts and cinched with wide double notch belts. This would be the Genghis Khan portion of the Mulan story.

EXAGGERATED HOURGLASS

Selects from the Jason Wu Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

After cartoon Mulan with the voice of Christina Aguilera defeats Genghis Khan (remember, Disney), she can ditch that whole disguised-as-a-soldier thing and become a PRINCESS!! Mayhaps the voluptuous hourglass seams on Wu’s dresses are an homage to her womanly reveal. Else, they’re just a phenomenal idea because these figure-hugging lines will flatter just about any physique. We especially love that these sine wave curves begin from the most deliberate of cap sleeves. SUCH good math. *sigh*

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