He barely looks old enough to vote. But 32-year-old Jason Wu has burst onto the fashion scene since first lady Michelle Obama tapped the designer to create gowns for her husband's inaugurations in 2009 and 2013.
Wu's fall 2015 collection, which he presented at New York Fashion Week, is among his most sophisticated yet, featuring classic looks jazzed up with thigh-high slits, plunging V-necklines and, in some cases, see-through patterns.
Labeling the collection "strength through seduction," Wu showcases traditional fall colors of hunter green, camel and black with an occasional pop of red — in a couple of simple but dazzling dresses and a red blouse tied at the neckline, paired with a sexy black crocodile skirt and sensible brown double-face cashmere coat. (I always tell social figures that the easiest way to get noticed by photographers is to wear red, because the camera loves it.)
The collection looks polished and expensive, with skirts and tops made of crocodile, and fur vests and coats. But it's sensible too, with detachable linings and removable fur pieces that offer versatility and make more sense in the Texas winter climate.
Though featuring mostly daywear, including some terrific pant-and-blouse combos, Wu includes a few evening looks with enough sparkle to impress onlookers.
Although his designs are not overly flashy, he offers the well-heeled woman a way to look her best. The London-based Independent calls him the "Oscar de la Renta of the digital age" because his clothes appeal to the needs of the affluent customer.
At this stage in his career, that's not a bad place to be.