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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Jason Wu: Power and Femininity

Jason Wu’s heady blend of sleek sophistication and ethereal romanticismwill be on display in our Jan. 30-31 Jason Wu Trunk Show.

Guest Blogger: Georgette Gouveia.

What becomes a goddess most? A one-shoulder, tiered gown by Jason Wu in a diaphanous fabric? Or perhaps one of his sleek, structured columnar gowns that accentuate the feminine silhouette?

“I create clothes for women who are not only fiercely fashionable but also own their power and femininity,” Wu declares on his website. It’s this intoxicating combination that you’ll find in the Jason Wu Trunk Show at Mary Jane Denzer Jan. 30 and 31.

From feathery ball gowns to striped shirtwaist dresses that anticipate spring to boatneck pencil dresses that can take you from day to night, Wu has the ability to blend American and European sensibilities, which helped make him an international star in just 10 years. And all at 35.

As a child, he’d use dolls to create clothes he fashioned on the sewing machine his mother bought him. He debuted his first ready-to-wear collection in 2007 and was a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in July 2008. A year later, Michelle Obama made him a household name when she selected his one-shoulder white gown for the first inaugural ball. Among the other women who’ve embraced their power and femininity in his clothes are the former Meghan Markle, now Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; actresses Reese Witherspoon; Julianne Moore and Diane Kruger; models Liu Wen and Christy Turlington; and Gemma Chan, the “Crazy Rich Asians” star, who hit the red carpet of the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards Jan. 14 in a voluminous, off-the-shoulder, hot-pink and black Wu gown.

The former artistic director of Hugo Boss women’s ready to wear and accessory collection, Wu was the recipient of the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2010 and, the following year, was nominated for a Swaroski in accessory design.

In 2015, Wu received the Fashion Star Award at The Fashion Group International Night of Stars and, a year later, was named International Designer of Year at the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards. Among his latest endeavors is a partnership with Taiwan-based EVA Air to bring sparely elegant sleepwear and slippers with an Asian overtone to Royal Laurel/Premium Laurel Class passengers beginning this month.

Meanwhile, Mary Jane Denzer is pleased to present him to our clientele. For appointments please call 914-328-0330.

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