In the midst of the throngs of brands opting for a sped-up approach to fashion (Tommy Hilfiger, for instance, is showing a See Now-Buy Now collection this afternoon), few collections are actually worth waiting for. Jason Wu’s is one of them. Swearing off the popular movement towards making collections instantly shoppable as soon as the garments exit the runway, Jason Wu would rather focus on the quality of his work.
Last season he said that “it's not about doing it fast. For me it's about perfecting the work and presenting it at the right time.” And this rational seems to ring true with his Spring/Summer 2017 offerings, with the delicate floral appliqué, sheer lace in neon hues, and appealing floral frocks (almost all of which were pretty darn sheer). The aforementioned garments manage to fit neatly within his signature aesthetic, while seeming broadening his working base, as he tends to do each season. A couple of the looks felt a tiny bit fussy thanks to layers of tulle over the sheer lace, but taking risks (as opposed to turning out the safest, commercial collections, as many NYC brands opt to do) is not always a guaranteed win and any reaches here are not because the garments were not ornately crafted or devoid of skill. So, risk-take away, Jason. Its refreshing to see the effort.
Slow fashion is not for everyone, especially not for those prone to FOMO (fear of missing out). But you know what, it does not have to be. Thankfully, Jason Wu has his more affordable, Grey collection, which aims to reach a larger pool, allowing his eponymous label to work at a pace that lives up to its name for luxury. "It was about coming home, seeing clothes we labored over. Luxury for me isn't about the razzle dazzle,” he said after this season's show, and he might just be on to something, especially with many other brands sacrificing innovation and/or creativity in favor of a sped up timeline.