INSPIRATION: Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes and her penchant for bright colours and organised patterns; French illustrator Rene Gruau; and Old World glamour updated for the modern woman
TOP LOOKS: Bowtie blouses with sharp suiting; tailored coat dresses; fuchsia shift dress with tweed trim; lime green chiffon with petal bustier; nude dress with navy degradé skirt
ACCESSORIES: Wu's eponymous line of sunglasses, (newly launched) handbags, and killer shoes
WHO WAS THERE: Former White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers, model Elettra Wiedemann, actress Diane Kruger, lots of editors
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Before the show, Rogers said she was "hoping for something unexpected" to come down the runway. We didn't catch up afterward to learn if her wish came true, but we were pleasantly charmed by Wu's solid offerings. There were short suits, tuxedo jacket dresses, bow blouses, and sharply tailored trousers, and of course, pretty dresses adorned with a garden-worthy assortment of organza petals. So as not to alienate his eveningwear-loving public (ahem, Rogers and former boss Michelle Obama), Wu produced a trio of colourful chiffon gowns at show's end. Perhaps a touch diaphanous for a woman of the first lady's stature, but then again, 27-year-old Wu is allowed to play every once in a while.
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