Jason Wu at The Room

Jason Wu At The Room
photo taken by JJ at The Compendium Daily

Jason Wu and I have similar shaped heads. I can’t get that thought out of my mind whenever I look at this picture. I met Jason when he came to The Room for a Trunk Show and cocktail party in his honour. Jason Wu’s bio reads like one of the those prodigy kids. At 16 he was well on his way to becoming a designer creating couture like clothing for dolls at Integrity Toys. At 17, he became the Creative Director of Integrity Toys.

Jason Wu at The Room

Jason studied fashion design at Parson and started his namesake label in 2006. He created Michelle Obama’s ivory inaugural gown which pushed him into the limelight and made him a household name.

Jason Wu at The Room

I never appreciated Jason’s collection until I saw it up close. His style is very ladylike; socialite wear if you’d like. The details and fabrics that make his clothing interesting aren’t noticeable in photos. I was really surprised at some of the luxurious fabrics he used in the collections. All clothing is manufactured in the United States.

Jason Wu at The Room

The Room had a mixture of Spring Summer 2010, Pre-Fall 2010 and Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 collections available for browsing. I love the olive-green and leather dress from the Pre-Fall 2010 collection. Actually, I like the Pre-Fall 2010 collection and posted about late last year. I also really like the gold leaf dresses from the Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 collection.

Jason Wu at The Room

I do find Jason Wu’s collections are a bit of a hodge podge of looks. I can never seem to grasp an underlying theme or style that stands out as Jason Wu in my mind. Regardless the man does make some pretty clothing with interesting details.

Jason Wu at The Room

Jason Wu at The Room

Jason Wu at The Room

I wasn’t able to interview Jason but I found a video where he talks about his inspiration for Fall Winter 2010 – 2011

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010

I was invited to the preview of the ATELIER SWAROVSKI Spring 2010 collection at the Swarovski Bloor street store. The concept of the collection is to pair fashion designer with Swarovski and to come up with seasonal collections.

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Jason Wu

Jason Wu
Inspiration
• Fluid shapes
• Mix of textures
• Femininity
• Movement

• Plating:Ruthenium
• Jason Wu’s collection is offered in two key colourways, Lava with shades of red and pink, and Obsidian with black crystal
• Feminine pieces feature necklaces trimmed with ribbon and clusters of crystal beads and briolette stones decorate bracelets, rings and earrings
• Layers of faceted crystals create a textured, defined silhouette.

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Jason Wu
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Matthew Williamson
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson
Inspiration
• Matthew Williamson signature style – statement pieces in a vibrant palette
• Print used from his Ready-to-Wear collection
• Strong graphic and floral elements
• Architectural crystals

• Colours: Rose – resin pieces in orange rose and purple tones finished in pale gold edging, Sky – resin pieces in blue and green tones finished in Palladium edging
• Plating: Pale gold, Palladium
• An innovative combination of oversized architectural and chequerboard crystals, geometric resin shapes and fine metal edging conveys a modern and futuristic feel
• Chunky chains enhance the bold shapes and colours.

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Matthew Williamson
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood
Inspiration
• Sharp but ultimately feminine
• Diversity of textures
• Geometric lines which follow the contours of the body

• Plating: Palladium, Pale gold, Ruthenium
• Sharp geometric lines are softened by beautiful leather and edged with tiny pavé crystals
• The combination of contrasting textures, pavé crystal, leather and metal create an eye catching and contemporary effect

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Nicholas Kirkwood
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Nicholas Kirkwood

You can find pieces by Nicholas Kirkwood, Jason Wu and Matthew Williamson at the Bloor street store. In addition you can find pieces from Anthony Nak who designed for the Fall 2009 collection. Not available in Toronto is the Spring 2010 collection from Zaha Hadid.

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Zaha Hadid

My favourites are Jason Wu and Nicholas Kirkwood.  They were both very lovely in person.

images: courtesy of Swarovski

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010

There are a couple of looks from the Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010 collection that has me interested.

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010

The weird knot detail on these two first pieces are intirguing to me.  I really would love to see it in person and get a look at the construction.  The rest of the collection is your standard fare for Jason, short cute dresses and coats.

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010

images: the Fashion Spot