4 posts tagged "Miss Wu"
Thanks to European labels like Saint Laurent, Acne Studios, and Costume National, hats—mainly casual versions with wide brims—are a well-established Spring ’13 trend. But here in the USA, it’s National Hat Day. And while milliners across the pond (like Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Piers Atkinson, and Maison Michel) get lots of love from the fashion set, we’d like to use the holiday to tip our toppers to homegrown headgear talent. Take CFDA winner Eugenia Kim, for instance. Her sweet kitten-ear felt caps were a big hit this fall, and her bright feather-embellished fedoras can be worn with most anything. Satya Twena crafts everything from easy-to-wear fedoras to out-there studded fascinators, and Jason Wu included floppy feminine hats in his debut Miss Wu collection. On the more eccentric side, we have milliner Heather Huey, whose conceptual chapeaux (left)—which range from bejeweled bunny ears to sculpted, twisted takes on more traditional styles—have appeared in magazines such as Vogue, W, and Interview . Whether or not you deem yourself a “hat person,” National Hat Day is the perfect excuse to experiment with topping off your look. And, considering each of the designers above is based in New York, you won’t have to go too far to do so.
Jason Wu’s new contemporary line, Miss Wu, is all about girlish whimsy. So it’s fitting that the designer came up with a free-spirited, feminine film to showcase his first collection. “As my main collection has evolved to be sexier and more evocative, I wanted the sweeter side of my design sensibility to be preserved,” says Wu of his new range, which, priced between $190 and $800, launches today at Nordstrom. Inspired by iconic couples—like Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger, and Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg—the collection’s easy striped sweaters, laid-back cardigans, flirty frocks, and floppy hats have a decidedly French feel. So, too, does the short, which, directed by Todd Cole, was influenced by French New Wave films, specifically those made by Jean-Luc Godard.
Debuting exclusively on Style.com (above), the film stars Meghan Collison as Miss Wu. Swathed in printed silks, smart separates, and a ladylike LBD, she playfully dances around a loft, trying to capture the attention of a love interest who is—at first—frustratingly indifferent. “The fact that we can get a glimpse into her life immediately creates interest in her character,” says Wu. The designer also wanted there to be an element of “fantasy” about his spring woman, so, naturally, during her improvised dance, Collison is able to fly. “I always believe that a bit of fantasy makes fashion more interesting,” says Wu. The designer is flying himself these days, working to finish his Fall ’13 collection, as well as his second offering (and, he hints, perhaps even some accessories) for Miss Wu. “I very much look forward to writing the next chapters in her life,” he says.
Adriana Lima (pictured) is making history. The Brazilian model and Victoria’s Secret Angel is the first pregnant model to appear in the Pirelli calendar. Lima is expecting her second child with her husband, basketball player Marko Jaric. The 2013 edition of the famed calendar, which is known for its risqué photos, was shot in Brazil by Steve McCurry. [Telegraph]
Have you met Miss Wu? That’s the name of Jason Wu’s contemporary line created in collaboration with Nordstrom, named after the designer’s emblem of a hand-drawn owl. The collection will start with ready-to-wear, followed by accessories in 2014. “Instead of just doing ‘Jason Wu-for-less,’ the idea is to explore the other side of myself,” says Wu. [WWD]
Michael Kors is all about old Hollywood glamour, and it really shows in his Fall campaign. The designer tapped models Karmen Pedaru and Simon Nessman to play modern-day versions of the iconic pairing Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, in a Mario Testino-lensed photo shoot set in Los Angeles. This is the fifth time that the models have worked together for Kors. [WWD]
In other ad campaign news, the McQ Alexander McQueen Fall 2012 campaign, starring models Aymeline Valade and Arthur Gosse, has just been released. Valade sports a mullet-like blond ‘do in the minimalist black-and-white photos, shot by David Sims. [M-c-Q.com]
Ab Fab is getting on the Olympics bandwagon. The famous duo, Eddy and Patsy, is set to star in a special Olympics episode that will air on Monday, July 23. The funny pair will embark on a wild series of Olympics-related events, including Patsy lighting her cigarette using the Olympic torch. Stella McCartney, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Dame Tanni Grey Thompson will also make appearances. [Vogue U.K.]
Last season, Jason Wu expanded his rapidly growing business with a small assortment of bags. For pre-fall, he raised the stakes, taking the Miss Wu bag launched for Spring and adding on two new sizes: a Miss Wu large and a Miss Wu mini. (There’s a new mascot, a little cartoon owl also called Miss Wu, whose image appears on all of Wu’s accessories: stamped onto purse clasps, belts, and on the soles of shoes.)
“Every single collection will now have all three sizes of the bag in the classic color way, which is nude and black, and then in the colors of the season,” Wu explained at his studio yesterday. (This season, those colors include a rich scarlet as well as a gray flannel. “I thought it was nice to do for pre-fall,” the designer explained of the latter. “It’s a very men’s-y fabric—back-to-school, but elevating it. And I’m sort of obsessed with gray flannel, because I love the Geoffrey Beene eighties Gray Flannel packaging.”)
The Mini Wu, a tiny cross-body bag, will also come in a deluxe version in python and rose gold (pictured)—a casual shape reborn in a high-end material. “I like that this is evening material and we used it for day,” Wu said. An envelope clutch perfect for big nights out, on the other hand, comes in that same Beene-esque gray flannel.