Jason Wu’s soft fetish

Helmet Newton is like a gift that keeps on giving; a bottomless well of sartorial inspiration. Sometimes the product of a Newton-inspired endeavour falls flat, and sometimes the homage is entirely successful – usually the former is a result of attempted imitation, the latter a result of gifted inspiration. Of Jason Wu’s spring / summer 2013 collection, we’ll file it under the latter. Wu took the underlying fetishism – the black and white, the androgynous tailoring, the physical restraint manifested on the New York fashion week (NYFW) runway as leather harnesses – and gave it all his own spin. A soft and feminine spin.

The offspring of Wu’s feminine touch an Newton’s strict fetishism? Leather skirts in full silhouettes, laser-cut to incorporate black lace trim. Printed silk whose pattern looked like the ghost of a white flower. Black-widow netting over eyes, and on gloves. And the winning final outfits of voluminous tulle skirting, near devoid of any toughness with the exception of a studded leather belt or slim, elegant harness. And recalling Wu’s collaboration with La Perla, it’s no real wonder the mix of leather and lace came together so well.

You can see all of the Jason Wu spring / summer 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

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Photography by Imaxtree