Helmut Newton is one busy guy as Jason Wu, the second designer for New York Fashion Week, claims inspiration from the iconic, gutsy black and white photographer. This time it’s the makeup, with bold strokes and dark brows. Lingerie everyday wear and luminescent finishes from the clothing and accessories; he said he wanted to present the strong, confident, yet very sexy woman. The show opened with black leather in both sheaths and swirly circle skirts paired with bra tops. It progressed to achingly beautiful sheer garments that are meant to be seen through, in jackets, blouses and skirts. The heavy use of black and white points back to the Helmut Newton influence, as well as the slight dominatrix theme with leather over pieces. The playful pinks and poppy again turned us to the boudoir romantic woman. Each look was like a split second snapshot of femme fatal times from the last century, when glamour got a foothold on us. Yet, there is always the element of intensely feminine charm as tiny gathers, cutouts, ruffles, lace, and little capelets remind us of the soft side of a woman. But she’s a kitty cat, and loves a peek at some animal print, even if only a peek. The pill box hand bag with ticking detail will never make it in the stores. These will be a sell out immediately. Think 1950’s Barbie Airline Stewardess Set and just see if you can ever find one. Shoes and accessories matched (in true Barbie fashion) making this Jason Wu Spring 2013 Collection just about the hottest one yet.
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