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With the haute couture, menswear, and Resort shows finally wrapping up this week, high summer is officially here—just in time for the fashion set to enjoy the long holiday weekend ahead. To celebrate, many will be taking off for vacation destination spots and breaking out their statement-making bathing suits for the shore or the pool. While there were plenty of crop tops, bikinis, and sporty rash guards in the latest pre-spring lineups, it was the sophisticated maillots (no cover-ups required) in the mix that really piqued our interest. Classic, flattering one-pieces turned up at Chanel, Dior, Dion Lee, and Bottega Veneta, while designers including Jason Wu, Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas, and the Cushnie et Ochs girls turned up the heat with sexy cutouts. Unfortunately, these water-ready numbers won’t be hitting stores until the new deliveries arrive this fall, but they’ll give us ideas for the balmy months ahead.
Fashion’s love affair with nineties supermodel Christy Turlington never really ended, but in recent months, the 44-year-old has resurfaced in all her leggy, glossy glory. Calvin Klein, a label Turlington began working with in the eighties, tapped her to be the face of its Fall ’13 underwear campaign in May. That was followed by a megawatt June/July Harper’s Bazaar cover, and today we can report that Jason Wu has made her the star of his Inez & Vinoodh–lensed Fall ’13 ads, one of which debuts exclusively above. “Inez, Vinoodh, and I loved the concept of capturing a moment in what we imagine to be a glimpse into a supermodel’s life,” said Wu, who notably featured another nineties bombshell—Stephanie Seymour—in his Spring ’13 campaign. The Fall ads, Wu explained, are a continuation of the story he began to tell with his Spring snaps: “The idea is to create the next chapter through a set of instantly iconic images that depict a larger-than-life personality in a New York institution.”
While Seymour’s campaign was shot at uptown (in every sense of the word) French eatery La Grenouille, Turlington posed at Mr. Chow on East 57th Street. Perched atop a black booth, she dons a saucy scarlet Fall frock, which, we should add, is complemented by an untouched order of lobster on the table. When asked about his affinity for famous nineties faces, Wu said, “I gravitate toward personalities and will continue to work with women who bring their own sense of style to my designs.” After seeing Turlington’s shots, we’re hoping he stays the course and turns out chapter three for Spring ’14.
Bras outside the boudoir seem like a natural progression for a burgeoning season that oft abides by midriffs and swimwear. At Resort, designers are blurring the line between bedroom and warm-weather wares, giving tiny tops a bustier feel. Take, for instance, Jason Wu‘s balconette-meets-bandage bra (above, center), which he paired with matching botanical-print board shorts. “I’ve always loved these lingerie-esque looks, and I’ve always loved a little swimsuit for Resort,” offered Wu when asked about his belly-baring wares. “The lower-waisted proportion felt right, and there was almost like a surfer-ish attitude about it. And I think it’s a sexy place to bare,” he added. “You work very hard for it. So why not?”
Others, like Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, offered a seemingly more conservative approach to the crème de la crop top. The pair showed a red pencil-skirt-and-elongated-blazer combo which, upon further inspection, reveals an itty-bitty top with an iteration of Cushnie et Ochs’ signature cutouts. At Versace (above, left), Donatella turned out a spearmint gingham top-let coupled with a playfully patterned pant. Meanwhile, Hervé Léger‘s Max Azria and Calvin Klein‘s Francisco Costa served up a sportier approach to the bra-turned-top by incorporating full-frontal zippers. The same sense of ease was seen at A.L.C. and Emilio Pucci (above, right), where banded bras seemed more staple than statement maker.
Starting June 15, Jason Wu will assume the role of artistic director for Boss womenswear. According to a statement that the German label released this morning, Wu, who noted that he plans to “develop a strong feminine womenswear collection that reciprocates the brand’s authority in menswear,” will present his first effort for the Pre-Fall ’13 season. The 30-year-old’s debut runway show for the label will be held in New York this coming February, when he will unveil the Fall ’14 range. In addition to presiding over the design team at Hugo Boss’s headquarters in Germany, Wu will open a design studio here in New York and will be responsible for the direction of all “product- and image-related aspects” of Boss’s women’s ready-to-wear and accessories ranges. Naturally, Wu will continue to work on his growing eponymous line, which, having been launched in 2007, is currently sold in thirty-nine countries across the globe.
Last year, ACRIA—the pioneering HIV/AIDS research foundation with a strong foothold in the design world—founded its Young Friends section, a branch conceived to engage and attract new supporters from the fields of art, fashion, film, et al. On June 13, member Jason Wu is set to sponsor and host the initiative’s first official event here in New York. And as a prelude to the soiree, he tapped artist and pal Nate Lowman for a limited-edition collaboration. The result? A unisex T-shirt, screened with one of Lowman’s infamous, shot-through-the-middle air fresheners.
“It was originally an aluminum silkscreened piece that was actually quite large,” Wu told Style.com. “Nate’s signature is reappropriating everyday things.” The print is instantly recognizable—a pared-down little pine tree shadowed and patterned with a blown-up Xerox effect. No stranger to link-ups with visual artists, Wu offered, “I’ve always loved working with such creative individuals—I remember working with KAWS.” (Together they created prints for Spring/Summer 2012.) As for Lowman’s signature bullet hole, Wu is a fan. “It made for an iconic motif,” he said.
The Jason Wu x Nate Lowman T-shirt is available for $175 from today at www.jasonwustudio.com (proceeds will go to the foundation). For tickets to the Young Friends of ACRIA’s Summer Soiree, contact email@example.com.