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Make no mistake: There was no talking on the Jason Wu runway yesterday. No meetings of the minds or discussions about which celebrity will be first to wear his mermaid-like embroidered sage gown on a red carpet (we save that for the cab ride). However, conversation played a major part in the New York designer's latest collection.
Known for his weak-in-the-knees kind of evening wear and utilitarian edge, Wu approached spring '14 as "a dialogue between construction and ease." In essence, this translated to proof that bulky pockets are better in silk than on cargo pants, organza dresses are not just for bridal parties, and the fancy sweatshirt trend ain't going away any time soon.
In true Wu form, there was no lack of jaw-dropping numbers that we could easily see styled on the likes of his fans such as Diane Kruger and Kerry Washington, but that was only part of what the designer had to say this time around. The bigger topic on hand was that elegance and structure are not mutually exclusive, and this was perhaps best illustrated with his light, sheer dresses and tops that were layered with gorgeous bustiers. Consider this an official nudge to seriously upgrade your underwear drawer. Of course, we'll be happy to chat about that again come spring.
Photographed by Nina Westervelt