FW 2020 Ready to Wear

It was a tale of romance and femininity for Jason Wu’s Fall collection, influenced by both the sensual paintings of Austrian expressionist artist Egon Schiele and the exotic sexuality of the orchid flower. A somewhat unlikely pairing that was harness by Wu and shown through delicate orchid prints, conceived by artist Jessica Underwood’s watercolor paintings, and chaotic lines and swirling fabric reminiscent of Schiele’s erotic paintings. Models strode elegantly throughout a winding runway lined by a makeshift magical forest, adding to the mystery and romance of the collection. 

The orchids appeared on several looks, starting with a light as air lime green chiffon dress. Without a closer look, one may have even missed the delicate print altogether amidst the layers of flowing fabric. A following green dress, this time in dark hunter with a plunging neckline, showcased the flowers with a much bolder print in white and lavender. The orchids continued to weave throughout the collection into the evening wear, becoming textured in a stunning black lace gown and popping off the garment in 3D motion of a pale pink sheath dress covered in orchid cut-outs. 

Schiele’s influence was apparent through the use bunched and swirling fabrics comprising of jewel-toned dresses, black and white evening wear and most notably in a white, flouncing chiffon dress cut into hundreds of layers, each one punctuated with black piping, giving the dress the feeling of a pencil and paper sketch. 

Wu put his masterful use of material on full display for this ethereal collection, also including dresses full of flowing, delicate feathers, as well as quilted fabrics making day suits and a coat. A series of sheer, romantic evening dresses closed out the runway collection, adorned with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals, completing the magical showcase. 


By Elizabeth Kramsky