If only New York’s fashion elite would have known months ago that Michelle Obama had planned to wear Jason Wu to the inaugural balls – he probably would have gotten a better slot at Fashion Week. Nevertheless, we kick off Purse Blog’s coverage of the goings on in the tents at Bryant Park with his Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear show. As it turns out, his show is a fitting aperitif to the more editorial shows to come; his clothes are accessible, beautiful, and would sell if sent to stores tomorrow. After the jump, take a look at his big ideas for what we should be wearing come fall.
I will have this dress, or one like it, even if I have to MacGyver one myself out of duct tape and doilies that I colored black with magic markers. And I will wear it around my house while sipping cocktails and listening to jazz and be FABULOUS. Wu showed several slick sheaths and even more dresses bound by thin belts – the perfect day-to-night combo.
The full-on-bottom, tailored-on-top silhouette is one of my favorites of all time, and I couldn’t be happier to see that apparently Wu is welcoming it back. A printed full skirt in blacks and greys is accented with a jewel-tone, close-fitting top and an enormous necklace (another Fall 2009 favorite that has already appeared in several shows). I’m checking ShopBop for full skirts right now. I WILL be ahead of the curve on this trend.
Not only does this look mirror the previous silhouette that I so adore, but it’s super tailored in a very 1950s, Mad Men way that so many women would look so wonderful in, if they would just try it. Plus it’s yellow, which seems to be gaining momentum in the trend department. Yellow is hard to wear at times, but there’s a shade out there for almost everyone – don’t be afraid of yellow, girls! Mr. Wu implores you!
And finally, we see the formal wear skills that made him the belle of the inauguration fashion ball. The ombre patterned effect of the beading on a beautiful blue silk gown is majestic and easily worthy of an awards show appearance. I’ll take two.