The plus-size fashion powerhouse Eloquii keeps surprising its fans with chic collaborations. In the past few years, the retailer that serves to size 14-and-up ladies has tapped many exciting names as collaborators. Brands like Stone Fox Bridal and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James have partnered up with Eloquii in the past to get closer to the plus-size audience. The brand managed to score another exciting collaborator, this time coming from the world of high fashion. Jason Wu has been announced as the latest designer to collaborate with Eloquii on a collection for curvy ladies.
The Taiwan-born, New York-based designer Jason Wu was in charge of the Hugo Boss’s womenswear offerings in the past 5 years. Wu was designing the women’s ready-to-wear collections and accessories for the German fashion house. Hugo Boss tapped Jason Wu as creative director in 2013. The fashion house and the designer announced that they will part ways in 2018. It’s no secret that Hugo Boss has been going through a series of management changes in the last year and a half. The decision for Jason Wu‘s departure was probably made back then since the designer reported that he just “stayed on to help the brand with the transition of its next stage.”
Aside from his role at Hugo Boss, the designer is running his eponymous label for 10 years now. In the future, he looks forward to focusing only on his label, especially on expanding in Asia and China.
“I’ve worn many different hats in the past 10 years and throughout my whole career. I am never really the complaining kind. I love doing a lot of things. One of my biggest idols is Karl Lagerfeld. I think to be able to do a lot is fortunate. I’m really happy to have done a lot,” the designer explained.
Unlike Karl Lagerfeld, who is the creative director of Chanel and Fendi, and owns a namesake fashion label, Jason Wu decided to focus only on his brand from now on. His designs got a stamp of approval from the former First Lady Michelle Obama many times in the past. She opted for Jason Wu for many important occasions such as 2009 and 2013 Inaugural Balls and 2017 Presidential Inauguration. It’s safe to say that Michelle Obama was the one who secured Wu’s position on the fashion map in first place. The designer was only 26-years old when Michelle donned his design for the first time. The decision to step down from Hugo Boss and devote to his namesake fashion label will most certainly bring more exciting things for Jason Wu.
Jason Wu presented his last collection for Hugo Boss today at NYFW with a Gallery presentation in Cedar Lake. The designer also revealed that the autumn/winter 2018 campaign for the fashion house was shoot in January in New York. This means that Jason Wu is ready to exit from Hugo Boss and focus only on his fashion label. Both the designer and the fashion house shared complimentary words for each other. Hugo Boss‘s executives haven’t revealed yet who will replace Jason Wu.
Jason Wu is an insanely busy fashion designer. Constantly on the go, the designer understands the need for practical pieces that you can easily pack and take everywhere with you. He designed the Grey Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2018 collection with his travel needs in mind. Grey Jason Wu is Jason Wu’s sister label launched to serve a bigger audience. The label offers lower price tags compared to Jason Wu, but the same exceptional quality.
The latest collection in an ode to nomadic women. These ladies need comfortable clothing pieces. And of course low-maintenance ones. That’s why Jason Wu played with men’s cuts tweaking them to fit his feminine aesthetic. For Pre-Fall 2018 he introduced an array of wide-leg trousers, some of them combined with matching blazer. These pieces are a peak of comfort and fashion – something that’s essential to busy ladies who travel a lot.
Jason Wu is never bold or crazy about details. But that doesn’t mean that his designs aren’t adventurous. He likes to play with cuts and silhouettes instead. In the Pre-Fall 2018 lineup for Grey Jason Wu, there are trench coats with separation in the middle that makes them look like a short jacket. Furthermore, there are dresses with draped details or unexpected addition of another fabric that add dimension to the pieces. It’s all about being interesting to the eye while keeping things toned-down and classy.
Forget about logomania and excessive details. The Grey Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2018 collection consists of sophisticated pieces that any woman can find a way to incorporate into her style. Jason Wu wants you to dress with ease. Classy pieces in neutral shades with an occasional pop of color and print are all over the Pre-Fall 2018 collection. Vintage florals and subtle stripes were the patterns of choice this time. Classy, elegant and never passé, these prints added just enough life to the collection. Jason Wu also introduced knitwear pieces that looked very luxury.
Jason Wu has knows how to dress all kinds of women. Among his customers, you’ll find businesswomen, celebrities, and even the former first lady Michele Obama who wore his designs for important events. He is one of the few designers that can connect with different women regardless their professional and personal backgrounds. Being beyond the latest trends pays off in Jason Wu’s case. At the end of the day, every woman wants to keep timeless pieces in her wardrobe.
Photo Credit: Grey Jason Wu
Atelier Swarovski is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. For Fall 2017, the jewelry brand collaborated with the designer Jason Wu. Karlie Kloss, who is a global ambassador for Swarovski and a good friend of Wu, is the model featured in the ads.
“I designed this collection very much with the Jason Wu woman in mind. She’s strong, sophisticated and sensual — even the campaign is quite sensual, which was shot with Karlie Kloss who is a longtime muse and friend of mine.”- Jason Wu told WWD.
The photographer behind the shoots is Barnaby Roper. Edward Enniful, who is the editor in chief of British Vogue, took care of Karlie’s styling for the campaign. The brand already teased one official picture, that shows Kloss wearing an impressive statement necklace. The necklace is bejeweled with green, orange, and yellow crystals, and is a very classy and glamorous piece of jewelry. On her left index finger, you can notice a beautiful ring, also a part of the upcoming collection.
According to WWD, the Fall 2017 collection will feature amazing necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and a clutch. The prices for the designs will range between $149 and $2,990. The complete campaign will be released in September in several different fashion magazines. The luxurious pieces of jewelry will be sold this fall in Swarovski’s stores and online on the brand’s website. The exact launch date is still unknown.
This is actually the second time for Wu to design jewelry for Swarovski. The two brands previously teamed up on a collection back in 2010. In 2012, Jason Wu produced a short documentary film that explained the inspiration and the work behind his Resort 2013 line. The Austrian brand fully supported the designer and his movie. Jason is the favorite designer of many popular celebrities and influencers. He is the go-to designer of the ex-first lady Michelle Obama, actresses Julianne Hough, Diane Kruger and many others. At the moment he is the creative director of his own brand and Boss’s women’s department.
Atelier Swarovski has a rich history of collaborations with many innovative designers including Mary Katrantzou, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and more. Recently the brand teamed up with Rosie Assoulin and Fiona Kotur. Karlie Kloss became Swarovski’s ambassador and spokesperson in May 2016. The model replaced her Victoria’s Secret fellow Miranda Kerr.
Jason Wu is the Canadian Fashion Designer based in New York who is behind the most mesmerizing Michelle Obama’s outfits. For the records, Jason Wu is the one who designed her dresses for the first and second inauguration of the American President Barack Obama.
Jason Wu went in public with his Pre-Fall 2017 Collection back in January. Now since the collection is available for purchasing in stores Jason Wu came out with more pictures.
The main element that defines his Pre-Fall 2017 Collection is asymmetry present in almost every of his fall designs.
Once again Jason Wu showed why the former First Lady was choosing his designs before others. His creations carry a timeless elegance perfectly suitable for business women who are not afraid to express their individuality with style.
Most of his Pre-Fall 2017 Collection dresses are below the knee or long dresses. In order to bring a cheerful note in the cloudy fall days, he went all floral with a couple of his designs. He also featured several discreetly transparent dresses.
In terms of color, most of his creations are pretty settled and don’t involve more than 2 colors. Anyway, there are couple pieces that feature a stronger print. Colors range from deep orange tones to burgundy, khaki, silver, and black.
Most of his hems are handkerchief and the general spirit of the collection is relaxed but with a dose of formality.
Wu explained that his intention with this collection was to create clothes that are wearable and suitable for any season: “What’s important today is the sense of ease that women are looking for. Clothes have to be multi-seasonal and multi-occasional; no one’s changing several times a day.”
Wu has the unique ability to add a touch of femininity even when he uses mostly a pinstriped suiting fabric.
His fall collection features only a few pieces that are on the edgier side. Namely, the discreet corset lacing brings a dose of sexiness and defines the women’s silhouette enough to fire the imagination.
The silver wrinkly fabric he incorporated in a couple of his designs perfectly breaks the monotony of the suiting fabric that dominates in the collection.
His fall designs aren’t revealing much, but details such as naked shoulder, asymmetrical necklines, and corset lacing add a relaxed, appealing note to the whole story.
With all that being said, it’s probably just a matter of time when we will get to see the former First Lady in some of Wu’s creations again.
Photo Courtesy of Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Reuters/Rick Wilking; Jason Wu
The Jason Wu fall/winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection showed at New York Fashion Week with a sentimental air for the 10th anniversary of the brand. As with all of the Jason Wu collections, it wasn’t boring, not at all! The diverse collection featured a full range in the spectrum of shades, tailored suits and various silhouettes for dresses, gorgeous outerwear pieces, sweaters and jackets, stunning bags and all manner of necklines and movements through shape.
The collection is distinctive as expected while still being a truly comfortable looking ready-to-wear collection. The ease of wear should never be overlooked, no matter the brand name; how you feel in the clothes you wear will affect how you carry yourself. Jason Wu clearly understands this and even his more risqué designs feature flattering tailoring and detailing to accentuate the figure and draw and direct the eye accordingly with movement.
The overall aesthetic ranged between casual chic and cocktail glam, but the collection was inviting. There are so many different styling options for each of the looks because they are easy going and upscale. These are the looks that are the silent standouts that lodge in the memory.
The different cuts and angles used created an interesting effect on the way the clothes moved and how they are perceived. The difference between the tailored suits was huge. One particular standout was a red coatdress that was completely stunning in a definitively eye-catching shade of bright red and beautifully tailored with just the right amount of flair.
The even split between the everyday wear and the cocktail wear was easy to note, although the line between the two styles of dress was marginal, it did exist. Apparently this was the intent of Jason Wu all along as he stated: “I started with much more cocktail and now the majority of my business is actually daywear. It’s been an exploration of how to bring the more dressed-up sensibility into the way people dress today.”
The separates were so well done that they could easily go from office to work party or cocktail party without looking the least bit out of place. The lighter dresses and clearly more daywear styled options were easy to appreciate as well with the custom print of a set of sketched legs with brightly colored flowers and butterflies.
The print itself can throw one for a bit of a loop, but it is fun and lighthearted on a fun and light set of ensembles. The print is also found on a floating style skirt with a sweater with cutout shoulders and paired with fishnets. Finally my favorite accessories of the Jason Wu fall 2017 collection are the plum colored bags.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
NYFW is exciting – everyone wants to check out the new options in fashion, fragrance, footwear and jewelry. Jason Wu is going to be tossing his option in the ring for a revolution in fragrance – he will be debuting his very first signature Jason Wu fragrance this year at New York Fashion Week.
Jason Wu is an incredible designer and has ties to a strong brand with well-known and loved male and female scents because he is the art director for Hugo Boss. His first foray into the fragrance market will be a woman’s fragrance that will be showcased at Jason Wu’s upcoming show at NYFW on February 10th. The new fragrance is actually a part of the new licensing pact with Parlux Ltd.
Don Loftus, who is the President of Parlux Ltd. and apparently a fan of Jason Wu (just like the rest of us), he has gone on to tell WWD that “it is such a pleasure working with Jason and his talented team on the development of his signature scent. This is just the beginning of what we are sure will be a fruitful and exciting venture.”
They have even opened up and said that there is a possibility for expansions into color cosmetics and luxury products in the undefined future. The single women’s fragrance is the first offering of its kind by Jason Wu, but based on his level of excitement, perhaps there will be more! The incredible fashion designer will be celebrating a full decade in fashion and has been putting out comments on his level of excitement with his new signature fragrance for women.
According to a comment put out by WWD, Jason Wu has reportedly said: “This has been an incredible personal experience and I am thrilled to be able to showcase my aesthetic as a signature fragrance.”
Scent profiles are not new to the stellar designer – Jason Wu has actually worked with Nest Candles Laura Slatkin to create a refreshingly scented candle called Orchid Rain. The process has clearly taught him about choosing the right notes and creating an atmosphere with a scent, though candles do work differently.
Back when the collaboration took place, Jason was very clear that a lit candle sets atmosphere and tones right away, but scents really help with a mindset and comfort level. The scent industry is a huge portion of the fashion industry and a giant industry on its own.
I personally am excited and there are so many comments out and about expressing a matching or exceeding level of excitement to get a whiff of Jason Wu’s debut fragrance. Future offerings by Jason Wu are likely to be matched with just as much enthusiasm as this initial women’s fragrance he is offering. Let’s all take a deep breath of what the future holds.
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The Jason Wu resort 2017 collection features a dreamy yet complex aesthetic, as the collection is full of intricate styling and beautiful clothes. Many of these ensembles will be carried over into the upcoming seasons, but for resort wear, I can certainly see the appeal of the collection.
The ensembles in the resort wear collection feature a complexity and definition that does not negate the apparent comfort level of the clothes, keeping them right in line of holiday vacationing. This cannot be stated with enough excitement, but there were T-shirt dresses that looked beautiful and comfortable and stylish.
There was paneling, off kilter integrations and an overall soft alluring look. One of my favorites looks of the Jason Wu cruise 2017 collection personally was look 6. The sweater and skirt ensemble just looked so soft and comfortable while being chic. There is much more to like than to dislike in this collection. It is intricate, detailed, textured and overall it is stunning.
The lace used in the Jason Wu resort 2017 collection is stunning and beautiful with a decidedly delicate look that makes it appear to float around the other part of the ensembles. Look 21 as an example is a demure looking dress, but the use of the lace here is just exquisite with a fitted placement over the bodice, hanging beautifully down to the elbows as loose, fluttering sleeves. The skinny belt defines the waistline and allows the break before the pleated appearing lace floats around the skirt and kisses the bottom of the nearly knee-length dress.
The sheer, long lace top matched with fitted black, waist high pants was stunning in look 15. The complexities of the top in 16 and the outrageous amount of structural beauty in the coat for look 13 were beyond pleasant surprises.
Jason Wu’s resort 2017 line has pant sets and slip dresses, sweaters and skirts, even evening wear and a warm jacket as well, making it a well-rounded lineup. Every look is beautiful with chic styling, complex patterns and amazing technical details. There are so many different silhouettes and details included in the collection that Jason Wu is certain to expand his customer base and his fan base alike.
The differences in the looks are notable, and range from demure to alluring and whimsical. They are soft, but structurally amazing. There is so much work in each and every piece that this collection has to be respected, and the evening ensembles, like look 12 seem to be a dream. Jason Wu has created another beautiful range of women’s fashions; there is no denying it!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Jason Wu decided to cut back for his New York Fashion Week showing for spring 2017. He didn’t scale back the clothes he showed, but he made the presentation setting more intimate, inviting only 250 people to view the Jason Wu spring/summer 2017 show, which took place within the private club within Spring Studio, Spring Place.
The salon-sized staging area was adorned with glass cases of flowers and furniture with mid-century stylings. The increased intimacy and dramatic scenery made for a beautiful stage for the tailored and sheer collection Wu sent down the runway.
In recent seasons, the New York based designer has shown neutral-paletted collections that always projected this elegant sophistication, but the lines were always held down by these mature restraints. But for the Jason Wu spring 2017 collection, he played around more with vibrancy, keeping things sophisticated while exploring a more colorful spectrum of fashion.
He proved that even the brightest of colors have their place in a modern, mature woman’s wardrobe, and that they can even play well when paired with soft, feminine fabrics. Many of the designs that walked the catwalk were created with a base of neutral colors and overlaid with striking neon colors. He is expanding his standard aesthetic, and in doing so is using color to add an extra depth of tailoring to the pieces.
A sheer, feminine nude dress with the collection’s vibrant floral print was given strength and the visual effect of tailoring by adding in lines of a recurring neon yellow shade. The flowers that showed up in all of those sheer pieces were the most striking motifs in the collection, and likely would have been even more so in the intimate setting as it was presented. They look lovely and striking on screen, but would have been completely captivating in person.
When Wu spoke about his new spring collection, he sited Ugo Rondinone as his initial source of inspiration. Rondinone’s work includes that of Seven Magic Mountains, a 30+-foot-tall colored stack of boulders outside Las Vegas. His bright work was a great source of inspiration, since the artist’s work tends to be placing his colorful work in softer or otherwise less expected places.
Besides these feminine pieces, which weren’t always the most wearable due to the sheerness, Wu also presented a series of edgier silhouettes in navy and pink. Some looks featured the season-trending off-the-shoulder and slight deconstruction design, while others were classic spring/summer silhouettes recreated in more unexpected fabrics, and some still of which with handkerchief hemlines.
By introducing sheer navy fabric into the collection, Wu tied in these two different design aesthetics, keeping a level of cohesion in the collection that could have easily been lost. The clothes were beautiful for spring, and some of the non-sheer garments would also be great transition pieces into a fall or winter wardrobe.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
When the fashion and beauty worlds collide, we know we are in for a treat. This time around, it’s Jason Wu’s turn to show his amazing skills when it comes to the enchanting cosmetics industry, as he has teamed up with Mathilde Thomas of Caudalie to launch a limited edition beauty spray. Already available for purchase at Sephora, the Jason Wu for Caudalie Beauty Elixir is actually Caudalie’s famous Beauty Elixir spray relaunched with a special design à la Jason Wu.
Jason Wu knows how to dress women to bring out their best assets and make them feel elegant and comfortable in their own skin. For this unique collaboration, he has dressed the bottle in his signature meticulous lace design to give the Beauty Elixir that high-end, luxurious feel that it actually conveys despite being such a simple product.
The lace pattern is completely hand-crafted taken from Jason Wu’s spring/summer 2016 collection, while the gold top symbolizes Wu’s It-bag Diane Bag. Together they manage to wrap up the simple bottle with modern femininity and refinement, which characterize both the brands.
Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir was originally launched in 1997, mimicking the elixir of youth the Queen of Hungary used in the sixteenth century. Perfect for any skin type, it’s a luxurious toning mist that closes enlarged pores, sets the makeup and fights the uneven texture and dullness of the skin, giving it an instant glow.
The Jason Wu for Caudalie Beauty Elixir is the perfect hydrating mist formulated with essential oils of rosemary energize, benzoin that has skin-soothing properties, toning myrrh, lemon balm, peppermint, skin-softening orange blossom, radiance-boosting rose and moisturizing grape pulp extract. You need to shake this unique cocktail before applying it to your skin.
If you have been searching for that special beauty technique used backstage during runway shows that gives the models’ skin that burst of radiance, you have already found it! The Jason Wu for Caudalie Beauty Elixir is used by professional makeup artists during the runway shows between the foundation and powder application to set the makeup, while celebrities love to carry it around and spray it on their faces multiple times a day to smooth and refresh the skin.
Apply it in the morning and evening after cleansing to get rid of enraged pores, before using serum or moisturizer on your skin. For a pleasant cooling effect, you can keep it in the refrigerator before application.
Jason Wu himself is a big fan of the Caudalie brand and a loyal customer at their Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza. Naturally, Mathilde and Jason became good friends and decided to partner on something special, and what other way to do this then bringing back the iconic Beauty Elixir that has won the hearts of so many celebrities, professional makeup artists and models?
Photos courtesy of Caudalie