December 01, 2011 New York
Wu's Spring experiment in "edgy" appears to have been short-lived. "Regal" was the word he used here, and it fit. Not only were his evening dresses hand-embroidered—a strapless black gazar with green beading on the bodice and a silk georgette halter gown with a sequined collar were standouts—but so was daywear. Both his camel-hair cape and his burgundy trench boasted jet beads and paillettes at the shoulders, while a long-sleeve black sheath with an "exploded houndstooth" print down the front was in fact densely stitched with sequins. Even casual pieces got the royal treatment; a sporty striped sweater, for example, came in a loose crocheted weave.
In October, Target announced that Jason Wu will design a limited-edition collection for the retailer. One thing's for certain: There will be no mistaking these clothes for that high-low collaboration launching in February.