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Jason Wu’s sophisticated and distinct feminine styles—perfect for work and nights on the town—inspired his summer collection.
Wu says DC women fit wonderfully in his design aesthetic.
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Michelle Obama’s favorite designer brings his gorgeous collection to Chevy Chase.
Sarai Johnson | Photo: Courtesy of Jason Wu | May 29, 2013
Couture mastermind Jason Wu, who outfitted the first lady for two inaugural balls and continues to produce designs tailored to the lifestyle of the chic and powerful, now brings his leather-and-feather accented collection to Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase. We caught up with the phenom to talk sheath dresses, Michelle Obama's bangs and Union Station.
Where do you see DC women within your design aesthetic?
My collection is definitely for the woman who covets sophistication and feminine style. She is very much the power woman, and I think that, in so many ways, is suitable for the woman in DC. But every woman, no matter how powerful, wants to feel sexy and chic.
What is the greatest alternative to the pantsuit?
The sheath dress—it’s something that is so inherently feminine—because it can be sexy, and it can also be work-appropriate and worn in the evening.
How does it feel to dress the first lady?
It’s something I’m immensely proud of. Being able to dress such a stylish first lady is something I’m honored to have as part of my story.
What do you think of her bangs?
I love her bangs, and do you know what I love more than the bangs? I love that it’s caused such a stir! When was the last time we really talked about a first lady’s hairstyle so much? I was thinking that she really is leading the pack, and she really is helping women define their own style.
Among political women, who would you like to dress—and how?
I have a lot of statement coats in my fall collection. There’s a black, sort of trench-y looking coat, and I think it would be great for Hillary Clinton. It’s both very powerful and serious—and still very chic.
What DC locale speaks to you the most when it comes to design?
Union Station. It’s the only train station in America that is so beautiful. All of the historical elements have been beautifully preserved.