Last night, The Bay hosted a cocktail to celebrate the work of famed designer, Jason Wu. Wu’s most buzz-worthy acclaim is that of designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown, but since that blissful day, he has been making strides in the fashion community internationally.
His dresses aren’t cheap — this bodice-detailed red cocktail dress retails for approximately $5,000 (CDN), but the detailing and craftsmanship showed that purchasing a Jason Wu piece is an investment.
Models navigated the waters of consumers, media types (including David Livingstone, Derek Blasberg and Byrdie Bell), designers (Jeremy Laing) and ‘The Room‘ curators wearing Wu’s past and present designs, ranging from Fall to Resort 2010.
Additionally, mannequins were dressed in those Wu garments selected for the Platinum Suite, an alcove of decadence, dedicated to high end designers such as Sonia Rykiel, Matthew Williamson and Roland Mouret.
The one question on my mind was whether Jason had taken inspiration from Dr. Who‘s Dalek in a black and white dress from Fall 2010. I figured he would be asked plenty of the same questions, which gave me the opportunity to be a bit unique (and it really was on my mind – I wasn’t losing sleep over it, but it was staring at me right in the face). I hadn’t found any information on the dress and its reference to Dr. Who, so I had to ask.
Turns out, there was no Who-ism to speak of. Instead, his inspiration came from Irving Penn’s photography. Colour me a little disappointed.
Meeting Jason Wu was a pleasure and despite just landing in Toronto, he was warm and talkative — a line up formed for the chance to speak with him and it is easy to see why. Jason Wu is a man who went from obscure to international overnight. Sure, he had the help of a first lady, but his success speaks more to Michelle Obama’s taste level, rather than a chance lucky streak for a once unknown designer. He is bound to remain one of North America’s most respected designers for years to come — do you see Suzanne Rogers in Wu’s Spring 2010 pink feather frock (picture above)? This confirmed to me that Jason Wu has covered the spectrum of women, from ladies with money to girls longing to be Wued.
photos by Kevin Naulls