December 07, 2012 New York
The debut Spring lineup, which hits Nordstrom stores next month (the retailer will exclusively sell the first two collections), features staples including soft striped sweaters, geometric-print silk blouses, boxy leather shifts, and tailored trenches. Wu put the emphasis on timeless, rather than trendy, and that was refreshing. Some of the pieces were twists on his design signatures. A white cocktail dress came with the kind of intricate beading we'd expect from Wu's namesake collection. Hand-painted feather and "photo negative floral" prints exhibited the same attention to detail. Wu has already finished designing the Miss Wu Fall collection and seemed genuinely excited about this new project. "It's easy when it comes from an honest place," he said. "I never had to search for Miss Wu."