Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012: Vibrant Prints and Maharajah-Inspired Embroidery

Jason Wu's exquisite collection was inspired by the illustrations of Charley Harper and the Maharajah.

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An embroidered cape from Jason Wu's Pre-Fall 2012 collection.
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Jason Wu's tent-pole collections for fall and spring are often monuments to detail and opulence, and with his latest pre-fall collection, he's demonstrated that his attention to detail extends to the retail-focused seasons like pre-fall and resort as well.
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The designer's mood board displays Wu's main inspirations for the collection: graphic illustrations by Charlie Harper centering on the natural world, as well as decadent old photos of the Maharajah.
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A work-appropriate dress boasts spectacular black embroidery at the collar.
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Wu's pre-fall and resort collections are often where the designer centers his focus on less formal pieces, like this knit striped sweater and skinny pants.
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From afar, the print on this dress looks like simple dots, but up close, the print evokes delicate drifting dandelions.
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Block print separates bear the hallmark of Harper's illustrations.
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This season marks the first anniversary for Wu's collection of accessories. The designer has introduced a new doctor's bag-influenced silhouette for the season to complement his successful handbag collection, which includes the signature "Miss Wu."
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A graphic camel-and-gray jacket is layered over a printed black-and-white shirt.
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Look closely: This skirt is covered with an original print that mimics a forest and is rendered throughout the collection.
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Slim pants and a trim sweater, topped off with a furry scarf.
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A forest print cocktail dress paired with a bright patent leather mini "Miss Wu" bag.
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A forest print dress with cut-outs, paired with a trim pencil skirt.
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A slim green sheath dress, paired with a knit sweater.
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An embroidered silk tank paired with slim-cut pants and a furry neck wrap.
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A striped knit sweater tops off a sexy leather pencil skirt, paired with a color-block clutch.
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A luxurious houndstooth jacket tops off a crisp white shirt with embroidery at the collar.
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A slinky dress boasts a houndstooth panel.
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Slim riding pants and a cropped houndstooth jacket are layered over a lacy black blouse.
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Wu hand-embroidered this houndstooth pattern onto this slim sheath dress.
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Similarly, this skirt's houndstooth print was hand-embroidered, topped off with a black-and-burgundy button-down.
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Menswear-inspired trousers are the perfect foil for this cape-like navy and red jacket.
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A cape trench, paired with dramatic black leather gloves.
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Wu refers to this in the collection notes as his anorak "suit."
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Wu adds spectacular embroidery to a tailored burgundy trench.
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The same embroidery -- channeling the Maharajah's opulence -- can be found elsewhere in the collection, like the sheer blouse topping off this black cocktail dress.
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An opulent collar tops off this simple, flowy black dress.
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An upscale take on the previous looks has the silhouette extended, rendered in moody blue.
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Wu adds his forest print to a long gown with an asymmetrical hem and leather-trimmed cut-outs.
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A simple, flattering strapless gown, rendered in the deepest burgundy.
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Shimmering brocade -- also a Maharajah influence -- makes several appearances throughout the collection, as in the skirt of this tailored cocktail dress.
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A moody blue brocade suit, paired with a lacy black blouse.
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That same blue brocade gets a hefty dose of black embroidery on this strapless silhouette.
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Leafy green embroidery on a strapless, flared-skirt cocktail option.
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Red embroidery on a sheer black blouse, paired with a layered black skirt.
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Wu offers lots of options in this collection: This strapless gown is like an upscale version of the flared-skirt piece with green embroidery.
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The finale: A dramatic blue brocade gown with a down-to-there neckline.
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