INSPIRATION: 1980's minimalist painter, Robert Ryman. "I wanted to used cashmere fabric as my canvas," Wu told Stylelist.
TOP LOOKS: Heather tweed artist coat over pleated white silk chiffon dress and pom pom hat; red paint splash print cashmere crewneck with gray wool denim slouch pant and loopy yarn scarf; aqua Spackle paint canvas tee with ecru bouclé skirt; black double face cashmere fitted dress with back zip revealing off-white silk pleated underskirt
ACCESSORIES: Tweed and suede buckled ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi; loopy metallic yarn scarves; long knitted ribbed fingerless gloves; gray felted caps with mink pompoms; luscious red lips
WHO WAS THERE: Editors and sybarite-loving retailers like Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Jason Wu's first outing for the cashmere house TSE was stellar. He took the tight 13 look capsule in a different direction than he did his own which was shown earlier in the week. The rising star used a soft palette of near-whites and neutrals (with the exception of burning red) and showed more fabric than knits. In addition to a lush felted cashmere, there was suede, fur, silk, and glass beading. Wu's collection for TSE is sophisticated but has a youthfulness to it too -- the models looked like well-turned out art students (with trust funds, of course). We give this collaboration high marks.