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High Fashion Arachnophobia At Jason Wu

With an air of unparalleled sophistication, the sun-drenched runway inside of Spring Studios provided a reprieve from the harsh winter winds outside. It was the perfect setting for another season of Jason Wu’s signature elegance. For his Fall/Winter ’16 show, the designer’s magic didn’t start on the runway. Backstage, makeup artist Yadim created a look that was giving off classic Twiggy vibes with a dark twist thanks to some seriously spidery lashes courtesy of an $8 tube of Maybelline mascara. It was rager chic on a budget that was less than a drink at Le Bain.  An extensive range of styles were on display, as everything from appliquèd feathers and crocodile accessories mingled with ribbed sweaters and alluring lace silhouettes. Among all the standout details, beautiful floral prints stole our hearts. Some garments featured embroidered vine detailing alongside delicately stitched petals, while others were embellished with flowers that left us wishing for spring.

Wu brought out a spectrum of colors that included blacks, blood orange hues, deep indigos, and a shade of beige that had us daydreaming about the hot latte we had before the show. A wide range of prints and accessories gave off some of the most eclectic collections of vibes we’ve felt this week. A floral print looked to be in the midst of a global warming meltdown, while an all-black number with feathered reeds gave off high fashion arachnophobia. Fur collars fastened lazily around plunging necklines and looked like vintage epaulettes masterfully curated from Napoleon’s closet. One of our favorite visual themes throughout the show came from cornstalk yellow fabric and feather embellishments that could’ve passed for carefully sewn strands of wheat. It had us daydreaming about a road trip to middle America by way of Ferrari. Only at a Jason Wu show could a collection give off such wildly contrasting themes while tied elegantly together with a few well-placed sheer bows.

All photos taken exclusively for Milk by Sonny Vandevelde.

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