Jason Wu’s spring/summer 2011 show just took place in NY and gave me a little frisson of delight, not so much because of what was on the runway – nice uptown tailoring with sheer blouses for spice, petal-bedecked skirts – but because of what the stuff on the runway had to do with some other stuff off the runway.
Mr Wu, for those who might not know, is a young Asian-American designer mostly famous for being the guy who made Michelle Obama’s inaugural white fantasy gown, but whom I admire because of the creative approach he has taken to funding his company.
President Obama may be accused of waffling over his agenda by liberals and Republicans alike, and may find himself with his back against the wall as the mid-term elections loom and been forced into today’s press conference in order to defend himself against all that.
But in one respect at least he has demonstrated inarguable and admirable consistency: his clothes. Pretty much any time he has to make an important public appearance – and the September 10 event, only his second live press conference in 15 months, certainly qualifies – he appears in a dark blue suit (complete with that little ‘yes-I’m-a-patriot-but-I’m-aware-of-others-and-don’t-want-to-rub-it-in-your-face’ American flag pin), white shirt and blue tie.
Two interesting new relationships popped up on the fashion radar on September 9, to be publicly consummated in November.