Wu’s collection marks a close relationship with The Woolmark Company, which saw him go back to the source, visiting a Merino wool sheep stud in Australia, during which time he judged the regional final of the International Woolmark Prize.
“Wool,” he says, “is a staple in my work. I think a lot of us think of wool for a fall/winter collection, but lightweight, featherweight wools are becoming very important with global climate changes and I’m very excited to explore this further.”
In his new collection, the designer did just that, presenting a series of expertly tailored pieces – including a form-fitting coat dress, a ruffle-finished bandeau dress and asymmetrical skirts – in easy-to-wear Merino wool. Special finishes, such as metallic taffeta pleats and banding, added a sense of summery femininity to the pieces, as is Wu’s unique skill.
At just 33 years old, Wu has his life on track. The New York-based Taiwanese Canadian fashion designer runs his successful eponymous fashion label, holds the title of Artistic Director Hugo Boss Womenswear and just recently launched contemporary sister label Grey Jason Wu. Known and loved for merging classic American sportswear elements with a sophisticated global attitude, Wu creates timeless classics with a glamorous sensibility and a distinctively feminine aesthetic. His fall/winter 2016 collection saw Wu’s unique take on wool as he unveiled a serious wardrobe with a luxury overlay. But it’s his spring/summer 2017 collection which sees the designer push the boundaries with wool and present a seasonless lightweight collection with timeless sensibility.