No one is more aware of Jason Wu’s reputation as baby-faced outfitter of young ladies—uptown types who like bows and buttons—than Wu himself. This is a man who moonlights as a designer of doll clothes and famously dressed Michelle Obama in a deb-worthy white gown for her husband’s first presidential inauguration. So it was with great pleasure that Wu integrated a twist into his plotline for spring, working up a tastefully kinky collection inspired by Helmut Newton. He presented leather, lace, harnesses and Carolyn Murphy, who opened the show with a jolt of vintage Nineties supermodel sex.
“I love the idea of changing the perception this season,” says Wu. “Sometimes it’s those who seem the most unlikely who may be the naughtiest when you’re not looking.”