Jason Wu Fall 2011: Lace and Versailles-Inspired Opulence

Designer Jason Wu has never been one to steer clear of ornate details, but this season he went all-out with a lavish collection featuring hand-cut, sparkling paillettes and 15 different kinds of lace.

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Designer Jason Wu has never been one to steer clear of ornate details, but this season he went all-out with a lavish collection featuring hand-cut, sparkling paillettes and 15 different kinds of lace.
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Wu said that his main inspiration had been a book by Robert Polidori documenting the restoration of Versailles over 25 years. Indeed, the staging was meant to mimic a palace: Models walked down a gilded mirror that almost looked like marble.
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Every piece seemed to have an extra dose of luxury, from gray jackets with lace shot down the sleeves to this perfectly tailored jacket topped with gold brocade lace.
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Here, a delicate lace blouse is paired with an eye-catching cobalt silk skirt.
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As usual, Wu's gowns seemed destined for red carpet premieres and high society galas, in particular this dramatic gold dress, whose simple silhouette was kicked up a notch by hundreds of hand-cut paillettes.
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A minidress that seemed to be an explosion of white feathers, topped off with a black lace headpiece.
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Model Karlie Kloss wore a full-skirted black gown topped off with a lace bodice and gold belt.
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Model Jourdan Dunn closed the show in a stunning red dress that seemed a likely contender for the Oscars red carpet, complete with a dramatic side-slit exposing a lot of leg.
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