Here one could see the influence of two poles of American chic — Bill Blass and Calvin Klein — massaged by Wu into something coherent and fresh. He played tailored against languid, the former, in a shapely suit with denimlike stitching; the latter, a racy beaded surplice dress. One projected elegant dash, the other a hint of decadence (and of Karen Bjornson on the runway). Together, they made perfect sense.
Is “American” code for straightforward? In part, yes — and no dig there. Chic practicality has long been core to the fashion vernacular here. In today’s fashion climate dominated by efficiency and common sense, many brands around the world have taken that page from the American songbook. Wu has the advantage of natural affinity. | via WWD