Lace is already emerging as a major New York Fashion Week trend and nowhere was it more obvious than at Jason Wu’s Fall 2011 show where the designer used no less than 15 kinds of lace. In keeping with Wu’s Versailles inspiration, the collection was fittingly baroque in style and brimming with delicately decadent touches like gold-dipped stiletto heels, gold trim embroidery, high lace collars, mini lace veil masks covering half of a few of the models’ faces, and Swarovski crystal adorned dresses. The embellishments were controlled and understated, however, making for an elegantly tailored collection of ladylike designs that stayed true to Wu's now signature aesthetic.
In fact, aside from a model stumble, the show went on without a hitch – even Wu’s shoes and handbags were covetable. The 28-year-old designer kept his booties and pumps classic in shape, material, and color, but added panache via slender gold-dipped heels on some of his shoes and gold-dipped geometric patterned heels on others to reflect the renovation of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. As for his handbags, they were kept similarly understated, practical, and structured, and while most were nothing more than different color iterations of ones Wu has previously shown, some new designs were unveiled including embellished evening clutches.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.