September 10, 2009 New York
When it came to the evening portion of the show, though, Wu was mostly back in earnest mode. He loves a one-shoulder dress, and you can hardly fault him: Michelle Obama, of course, wore a one-shoulder gown of his design to the Inaugural Balls last year. The examples in his show today were knee-length, but they came in all sorts of fabrics, from high-drama gold faille with a 3-D sculpted sash to a younger, cheekier aqua-and-black point d'esprit. As he did for Resort, Wu really let it rip when it came to colors, mixing the blushing pink feathers of a strapless number with an electric-lime-green ribbon belt, and violet with candy-apple red on a bustier dress. The only thing challenging about these party dresses will be keeping front-row starlets like Kerry Washington from clamoring to wear them. This show was a confident leap forward for the 26-year-old designer.