So showstopping, even the designer welled up: Karen Elson and Karlie Kloss take to the runway for Jason Wu's 'labor of love' collection at New York Fashion Week

  • The designer admitted that he welled up when the models stepped out onto the runway
  • The collection proved extremely difficult to execute, with chains in the hems and 'anchor points to keep everything together,' he said

By Associated Press

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After a fall collection that was heavily sculpted and engineered, Jason Wu set off to craft spring styles that emphasized ease.

That proved rather difficult.

The clothes he previewed Friday at New York Fashion Week at a loft space in Soho were 'a dialogue between construction and ease.'

Red carpet ready: Karlie Kloss models a ballgown at Jason Wu's New York Fashion Week show today
Red carpet ready: Karlie Kloss models a ballgown at Jason Wu's New York Fashion Week show today

Red carpet ready: Karlie Kloss models a ballgown at Jason Wu's New York Fashion Week show today

Jason Wu
Karen Elson on the catwalk at Jason Wu
Jason Wu

Challenging creations: The bias-cut, gold-beaded dress Karen Elson (center) wore to open the show was a sign of Wu's delicate approach

The bias-cut, gold-beaded dress Karen Elson wore to open the show was a sign of the delicate approach that was followed up with feather-light and sometimes sheer slip dresses. Those dresses, some covered in tiny beads, were technically difficult to execute, Wu said.

 

It impressed tennis star Maria Sharapova, who sat in the front row and then went backstage to pose for photos with Wu.

Jason Wu
Jason Wu

Labor of love: Wu said the collection was fraught with technical challenges

Jason Wu
Jason Wu

White-out: The heavy beading in the collection was offset by feather-light pieces that belied the skill required to make them fall just so

Other celebrity guests included Alicia Keys and Jessica Pare of 'Mad Men' fame.

'Jason has a remarkable talent of creating a feminine and romantic look through the use of drapery and unique tailoring,' Sharapova said.

For something a little racier - but still chic and tasteful - he turned out some leather looks that incorporated corsetry. For edge, he threw in some utilitarian touches, such as cargo pockets and heavy hardware.

Actresses Mickey Sumner (left) and Emily Mortimer (right)
Actress Jessica Paré

Acting up: Screen stars Mickey Sumner (left) with Emily Mortimer and Mad Men's Jessica Paré all sat front row

We're with Anna... Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour flanked by Alicia Keys (left) and Maria Sharapova (right)

We're with Anna... Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour flanked by Alicia Keys (left) and Maria Sharapova (right)

All the elements came together for an outfit that put a black satin motorcycle jacket with a black satin bra and ivory embroidered skirt.

'I wanted to let the body do its job and not do a lot of manipulation to the silhouette, but then to get them to hang just right was a feat.

'There are chains in the hems and anchor points to keep everything together,' Wu said. 'It was a labor of love.'

Jason Wu

Showing them how it's done: Elson leads the models back onto the catwalk at the end of the show

Round of applause: Designer Jason Wu steps onto the runway at the end of the show

Round of applause: Designer Jason Wu steps onto the runway at the end of the show

There was so much labor and so much love that Wu said he welled up when the models stepped out onto the runway.

'It's the first time we see it all together, and that's a lot of emotion,' he said backstage right after the show. 'Emotion is good. It has to mean something.'

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I think the designer has more curves than any of the models! Nice collection, but would be so nice to see these feminine dresses on feminine bodies with hips and breasts- use a woman's body, not a beanpole teenage boy's body for a change...

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Just beautiful, and so feminine! Also very wearable. I would wear almost every piece. Will look out for some affordable copies on the high street!

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Come on ladies! When are you going to start rebelling against these oh so out of touch with reality stereotypes of women being paraded around? Stop giving the designers so much reverence too as they are not really as talented as the industry likes to show. Let us see a wide range of models from the usual skinny minnies to the voluptuous and everything inbetween.

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Beautiful, ethereal. Love Karlie Kloss - super-elegant, stunning and everything a fashion model should be. As a naturally tall, thin person myself, I rarely feel the need to shout 'too thin', but even I have to say the model in picture 9 needs to eat some dinner...

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Who would wear these clothes? Only females Size 0-2. Not practical.

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It disgusts me that designers make clothes so small that the models have no choice other than to be stick thin to get work.

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Many of these young 'skeleton' girls are new in business, they are severely insecure and to feel more confident and 'liked' if they starve themselves.

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Someone please feed the models, they look hungry

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So, so pretty.

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The first several outfits are incredibly similar to Ralph Lauren's fall line a couple of years ago. IMHO.

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