Four times a year, I get a little Wu-Woo. Jason Wu woo, that is. The 30 year-old designer always throws something special for women of a certain age into his collections. During yesterday’s Spring 2014 runway show at New York Fashion Week, Jason sent several looks down the runway my wonder? years self would wear in a NY minute.
His concept was to explore the “relationship between construction and ease”, two of my favorite things. This collection is proof they can exist in harmony.
I haven’t felt the love for some of the gorilla armed or bondage looks Jason has shown in the recent past, but I’m feeling it for the majority of these silky, sparkly gems. In gratitude for the visual joy he granted me with this collection, I am coining a new term for his legion of mid-life fans: Wumen.
I am Wumen. It kinda roars.
Now, if my wallet would only coöperate with my tastes and desires…
Nashvillian Karen Elson opened the show in this glimmering gold gown:
You should’ve seen the back.
Raise the bust line of this cream confection just enough to cover middle-age boobetry and I’m in:
A touch of bondage/bandage is a good thing.
Make this beaded beauty a dress or a full length jumpsuit, box it up, ship it to me and no one will get hurt:
That’s not a threat. It’s a request. If I had Jourdan Dunn’s long lanky legs, I would do it as shorts, too.
Damn thee, genetics!
Not that I’m ungrateful, Mom and Dad. Sorrs.
The color and movement in this ombre beaded gown remind me of a chocolate fountain:
Pass the strawberries.
“I wanted to let the body speak for itself,” Wu said backstage, “let the fabric do the magic.” – via Vogue
He. Nailed. It. The corsetry inside this gown speaks to Wu’s desire to negotiate an agreement between construction and ease.
I would disappear in the color, but I love the shape.
I’ll do six months of Tracy Anderson Method two-a-days, if you line this in silk and take me to dinner at Le Maurice. Hell, I might even go for a jog:
The color, beading and cut of this dress are beautiful. There would need to be some adjustments for side boobage though:
There comes a point where side boob isn’t sexy anymore. I can’t tell you exactly where it is, I just know I passed it a long time ago.
I feel pretty just looking at this silk dress. I bet it would be a joy to wear.
I really, really like the veiled slit. It offers a sexy, but tasteful, glimpse of leg, perfect for a grown ass woman like me.
A gorgeous dress you feel comfortable enough to sit down in is worth its weight in gold. Sitting for hours in a beaded dress can be uncomfortable and unforgiving. Think webbed lawn chair thighs. Now, go bleach your brain.
In spite of that fact, I’m still attracted to sparkly sparkleness. It must be my fashion crack:
Put a tank under the top and call me obsessed…with this look.
Another easy silk outfit you should see the back of:
This silk trench is also corseted in the back and it moves like a wave:
It makes the outfit feel effortless, yet pulled together. That’s just how I like fashion.
The style of train on the last dress I covet has been done and done and *drumroll* done, but not like this. While the bottom swirls with complicated layering, the casual body alternates between matte and shine, solidifying Wu’s concept:
Good grief. I sure hope Karlie Kloss thanks her parents – on a regular basis – for doing the horizontal mambo.
As an interior designer, I can promise you with certainty the folding table in the background of her Instagram photo is 29″ high, so you do the height math:
Gah! Why do I suddenly feel older and shorter and fatter?
Get a peek behind the scenes of Jason’s 2014 Spring/Summer collection. Make sure to take notice of the backs of some of these looks. As Jason says, the rear view is just as exciting as the front:
Ah. He’s right. I just want to be me too, so no more Glamazon envy here, I guess.
Being middle-aged doesn’t mean you have to hide inside a muumuu. There’s a way to do sexy and – dare I quote Emily Mortimer – a little “dirty” without being inappropriate. (I would throw a wispy wrap around some of these.)
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this collection. Does it speak to you? If it doesn’t, be a dear and tell me where you hid your
inheritance lottery winnings wallet? I can’t seem to find mine.
Photos via The Collection