Ready to Wear Spring 2021
Pictures by Jason Wu
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TAKE A BREATH
Jason Wu Provides a Much Needed Travel Inspired Collection of Effortless, Wearable Looks
New York Fashion Week is a mess. There are a spattering of live shows with limited audiences, live shows with no audience, digital shows, look-books, international shows going on at the same time, *SIGH*. Please allow Jason Wu to take you away from all that for a moment. Providing the greatest breath of fresh air the fashion industry has seen in months, Wu presented his first Spring 2021 Ready to Wear contemporary-priced collection under a bright blue pre-fall sky, atop the roof of the Spring Studios in Manhattan. The lucky few guests that were invited were seated thoughtfully distanced from each other, following all state protocols, and while the audience may have been small, the show was not. Sponsored and furnished by Lowe’s, Wu created a Tulum inspired oasis of lush trees, sandhills, and a wooden plank runway, while a soundtrack of crashing waves played over the glare of honking horns far below on the city streets.
The collection was as effortless as the implied destination and only added to the wanderlust fantasy. Opening the show was Wu’s friend, model, and activist Indya Moore, who was dressed in a burnt orange maxi dress with a cinched waist and cut out patterns at the bottom. The tone was instantly set for a collection of beautiful, non-fussy garments that could easily take you from Sunday brunch in the city to a tiki bar on the beach. Model Grace Elizabeth appeared in a red and white striped tunic top with flowing sleeves and belted waist atop matching loose-fitting pants. There were bright, vibrant prints and tropical colors made into sundresses, flowing skirts, and Bermuda short suits with bra tops underneath.
It was a collection to make us smile. To take a pause amidst the chaos of the world and remember that joy exists in the form of fashion. This is art, this is escapism, this is equality and love. All the things the world needs a heavy dose of at the moment, provided to you by Jason Wu.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky