Jason Wu Sources the Orient For Inspiration For Fall 2012

Jason Wu was inspired by China, the forbidden city and 1940s Hollywood glamour this season.

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Jason Wu dove into Chinese history to get inspired for his Fall 2012 collection -- fusing military elements, references to the Qing Dynasty and 1940s Hollywood glamour with hints of Marlene Dietrich.
Wu told us, "The collection came together about a year and a half ago when I was in Taiwan. I got to spend some time back home where I was born. And my dad took me to a Qing Dynasty exhibit." That moment served as a jumping off point according to Wu who said, "In a lot of ways this collection is an autobiography, a multicultural side of Jason Wu."
A trademark to any Jason Wu collection is the details. Wu told us, "Final looks had mink embroidered into the embroidery. It doesn't get more luxurious than that."
Beyond the mink embroidery there were fox embellishments, brocade and handmade lace in the collection.
Wu, who has become a favorite of the red carpet set (Michelle Williams recently wore one of his gowns to the Golden Globes) offered plenty of cocktail dresses and gowns.
Makeup in the collection consisted of a strong brow and a clean face. Hair was a long, wrapped ponytail -- lots of extensions were used to create the look.
Shoes in the collection had an aggressive downtown edge, which juxtaposed nicely with the luxe collection.
Wu, who has a growing handbag business, emphasized oversized clutches this season. He is calling them the "Daphne."
Top models walked in the show including Arizona Muse and Jourdan Dunn. Conspicuously absent was top model Karlie Kloss, who is skipping the New York shows this season because of a "big opportunity." Wu, a friend of Kloss, said, "Karlie is a great friend and she has great opportunities [coming her way]. She's always cheering me on. I just saw her two days ago."
Per usual, Wu's runway set was extravagant, including the oversize red doors through which the models walked. "I was in the Forbidden City not long ago," Wu said. "I didn't make the doors myself of course, I commissioned the doors, they were custom made. I wanted something that was a little bigger than life because to me that is what the subject was, bigger than me."
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