Wu, a Michelle Obama fave, shows luxurious coat designs
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[February 08, 2014]
By Jane H. Furse
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Designer Jason Wu, a favorite of first
lady Michelle Obama, on Friday showed luxurious outerwear in his
fashion show that played up elements of style he called "unflustered
Wu's fall 2014 collection used soft amethysts, powder grays
and embroidered blacks. His fabrics and materials were, as
"The inspiration was really something quite darkly romantic," he
said after his show. "Unflustered beauty, I call it."
Wu enjoyed a huge publicity boost when the first lady wore his
one-shouldered white gown during inaugural celebrations in 2009.
A double-boost came at the inaugural festivities in 2013, when
she wore a red chiffon gown designed by Wu.
Michelle Obama has become known for boosting the profile of
younger American designers when she wears their clothes.
"The woman I design for ... is a modern woman," Wu said. "She
loves clothes. She loves detail. She loves luxury and she loves
His latest collection included looks he described as "cozy
beautiful outerwear," a reference to his three-quarter length
overcoats in angora, alpaca, cashmere and mink.
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"It's the most luxurious outerwear you can possibly imagine," he
But he paired classical outwear with body-skimming
gowns of velvet, silk and chiffon to evoke sexy elegance as well as
Wide-leg trousers in wool, silk and crepe, and jackets trimmed in
mink, raccoon and silver fox carried the theme of cozy luxury into
his day wear.
Fashion Week in New York, a semi-annual series of shows, runs
through next Thursday, with the latest looks presented by such
well-known designers as Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera,
Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.
(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna
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