Jason Wu's way with wool

Continuing his partnership with The Woolmark Company, the New York-based designer shows a wool-rich spring 2017 collection

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New York Fashion Week – the first of the major events on the seasonal global fashion calendar – has begun for the spring/summer 2017 collections, with Taiwanese-born designer Jason Wu showcasing a collection of wool pieces that demonstrated his innate ability to dress a woman.

Wu’s collection marks a close relationship with The Woolmark Company, which saw him earlier this year go back to the source, visiting a Merino wool sheep farm in Australia, during which time he judged the regional final of the International Woolmark Prize. “Wool,” he says, “is a staple in my work. I think a lot of us think of wool for a fall/winter collection, but lightweight, featherweight wools are becoming very important with global climate changes and I’m very excited to explore this further.” 

In his new collection, the designer did just that, presenting a series of expertly tailored pieces – including a form-fitting coat dress, a ruffle-finished bandeau dress and asymmetrical skirts – in easy-to-wear Merino wool. Special finishes, such as metallic taffeta pleats and banding, added a sense of summery femininity to the pieces, as is Wu’s unique skill.

Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans.

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