Kicking off New York Fashion Week with one of the few IRL runway shows slated to take place this season, amid the coronavirus pandemic; Jason Wu transformed the open-air terrace of Spring Studios into a tropical oasis (courtesy of Lowe’s, which sponsored the event), with a luscious green landscape created by Emily Thompson, a wooden runway and seats for 36 masked guests, arranged at least six feet apart.
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Wu was inspired this season by his ‘’home away from home’’, Tulum, and, like the set, the clothes had a distinct resort-vibe. Showing a side of him we’ve never truly seen before, Wu brought couture-level craftsmanship to casual, comfortable styles, giving us sophisticated options to rock to the beach, the grocery store, or anywhere in between.
What you saw on the runway were breezy kaftans, boxy separates and bralette tops over easy dresses in lime greens, electric pinks and other saturated hues. He wanted to not only reflect the way people are dressing right now, but also wanted to represent ‘’what New York fashion is about’’ through an increased focus on sportswear and clothing that had a ‘’casual ease’’.
The designer’s choice to present a casual collection filled with ease came at exactly the right time, offering the audience a welcome escape from reality.
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