Jason Wu returned to the New York Fashion Week runways for Spring / Summer 2022 with an elegant and glamorous collection showcasing the beauty of flowers.
It was a collection inspired by the art of craftsmanship and the idea of working with one’s hands, Jason Wu explained in the show’s notes, as well as the use of “innovative” dyeing techniques. and natural fibers, especially delicate flowers, which are an integral part of the Jason Codes of the house of Wu.
Wu collaborated with textile artist Cara Marie Piazza, who owns an artisan workshop specializing in natural dyes, to create cloudy floral and painterly effects designed to be “brilliantly serene.”
They were created using special techniques including hand-dyed flowers using pigments of frozen roses, buttercups, safflower and beetle to achieve an almost impressionistic effect. Beam dye was also used with steamed roses and cosmos, while cloudy roses were obtained by hand blotting with cochineal extract and logwood, Wu added.
These floral effects were applied to natural fabrications, from washed silk habotai and shape memory cotton to silk charmeuse and performance taffeta, which were showcased over sleek and glamorous silhouettes, pleated dresses and separate garments to oversized coats, lace-trimmed jumpsuits and red carpet prom dresses.
The serene beauty of the flowers was paired with a solid color style, with sheer knits, sexy skirts with thigh slits with petal-shaped ruffles, babydoll dresses and voluminous prom dresses.
To highlight the beauty of the collection, the brand also commissioned a floral catwalk installation by Emily Thompson to add a fantastic floral wonderland. All of the materials used for the entire show will also be “wrapped up,” Wu added, as they will be donated to local dyers and students at the Pratt Institute.