There were gigantic, sculptural brass lamps on the runway; crazy good celebs in the house such as Maria Sharapova, Alicia Keyes, "Mad Men’s" Jessica Pare; and even big name models — Karen Elson and Karlie Kloss among them, but Jason Wu wasn’t getting whipped into a fancy frenzy — his show was all about ease and being relaxed.
Program notes called the collection “a dialogue between construction and ease,” and the notion was executed beautifully. A perfectly tailored utility trench was thrown over a gold metallic skirt, wispy lingerie dresses had exposed zippers, and a gray sweatshirt was gussied up with chiffon embroidery. There was a caftan (yes, a caftan!) topping an ivory tweed (yes, tweed!) bikini, a sheer navy sparkler over a satin bra, a dove gray utility suit and a thigh high romper. For the most part it was sporty luxe and seemed easier to actually wear than some of Wu's collections from season's past.
Wu did dress up for evening, a fluid glittering green gown conjured mermaids, and a pale sage embroidered hem tank gown ... dreamy. (Note: If we were choosing for Michelle Obama, who has worn Wu to both Inaugural Balls, we'd go for the glittering green.)