In his Spring/Summer 2022 collection dubbed “Reverie”, Jason Wu latched on to floral theme.
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“I’m always known for florals, I love florals – it’s always been my thing – and that really stemmed from my childhood and my father. When I was five, my dad taught me every flower that I know. He has a major garden, it’s his pastime”, Wu explained. “It’s a personal topic for me – usually, it’s through the set or floral prints, but this time I wanted to do it differently”.
While Wu has dabbled in florals for previous collections, these felt less studied and more libertine… They were scattered over garden-party frocks or splashed onto a simple tee. He also hooked up with Cara Marie Piazza, a fabric artist who uses natural dyes, to develop prints, sometimes applying color with a sponge and other times using the fabric bundling technique.
The cloudy, painterly effects and organic shapes on Wu’s spring fashions were the result of various natural dye techniques and the abstract, floral effects were applied to washed, natural fabrications – silk habotai, memory cotton, silk charmeuse and performance taffeta fabrications – and whipped up into dreamy silhouettes. There were shimmery slip dresses, babydoll shapes, the aforementioned duchess gowns with dramatic off-the-shoulder sleeves as well as short suitings that were almost practical.
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