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New York Fashion Week: Jason Wu sports elegance, details fit for the White House

September 11, 2010 | 10:03 am

New York Fashion Week Jason Wu Spring Summer 2011 With Diane Kruger and Desiree Rogers sitting front row, there's no question that Jason Wu has become the go-to designer for the new establishment.

By now, everyone knows that Wu was just a newbie when Michelle Obama chose him to design her inaugural gown, and much of this colorful collection, which combined elegant sportswear with floral details, seemed to be designed with her in mind.

Neat taupe gabardine trousers paired with a cream tulle blouse with a bow at the collar; a hot pink sheath with floral print piping detail, and a purple twist front dress with three-quarter sleeves, worn with big flower corsage pins, are among the pieces that would look right at home in the White House Rose Garden.

Sarong-style skirts in vivid floral prints that hit below the knee looked fresh and new, especially paired with light sweaters with burnout stripes.

Rogers is fan of Wu's evening-wear, I overheard her saying. And this collection had that covered too. A strapless cocktail dress with appliqued, hand-painted petals was a beauty.

The show also marked the introduction of accessories -- sunglasses, handbags and shoes with a logo of sorts, a wide-eyed owl named Miss Wu.

-- Booth Moore

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Photo credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times