So Jason Wu put one white dress on one pretty lady and WHAM! He became a big noise in the fashion world overnight. I don't feel bad about this -- Wu's been showing for a couple of years now and his clothes are consistently lovely. I don't know that he's groundbreaking, but he is good. I'm not the only one to be reminded of Oscar de la Renta; no less an authority than Cathy Horyn agrees with me there, but I don't think that's a bad thing. There do need to be one or two young designers out there in the world carrying the torch of ladylike polish and unapologetic prettiness. The world goes around, but at some point, everyone wants a pretty little dress.
A little flou to go with our tailleur...
Again, a Twenty-Year Dress. Absolutely mad for this.
Here come the sparklies!!
My prediction is that Wu is going to burn very brightly for a few seasons, thanks to the exposure Mrs. Obama has brought him, and I think it's deserved. Like I said, there do need to be some young designers with an appreciation of dressmaking and the ability to crank out the kind of little number that a woman knows she can toss on whenever she wants to be pretty and appropriate. Eventually, it will be important for him to move forward a little bit in order not to become a one-trick pony, but I'm cutting him some slack for a while. Especially if he continues to make clothes as full-stop lovely as these.
Photos: style.com, elle.com