Jason Wu is preparing for a spring-summer 2022 full of romance, celebrating the beauty of imperfections. The designer himself said that the pandemic had consequences in the way he worked and started conceiving fashion.
The result is a very nice work, which finds balance precisely in the imperfections, achieved thanks to new technique. An example is the addition of flowers on the print through a kind of fabric bundling technique.
The flowers are placed on the fabric, then this is rolled up and the flowers remain imprinted in the fabric. The result is not as perfect as a real floral print would be, but this is the goal; getting back to the essentials through manual skills and the know-how. The effect is perhaps even more convincing than mass production prints.
The dresses are fresh and soft, they do not constrain the silhouettes, but they elevate them and make them almost immaterial, thanks to the sinuous movements of the plissé.
The color palette is joyful, alternating between bright red, yellow, water green and the most basic black and white, for a more formal but relaxed look.
Jason Wu’s intentions are clear. Returning to normality does not mean returning to a canonical fashion, and to the old rules.
It means recovering what has been lost, ancient techniques and methods applied on the new, inaccurate cuts but also relaxed, and therefore freer to express any mood and form one likes.
As for the floral setting that frames the show, it will be donated to Pratt. The flowers will be intended for workshops on natural dyeing technique. And so everything starts all over again.