Feb. 10 - Designer Jason Wu uses red, black and gold in a collection of regal glamour for Fall 2012. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Designer Jason Wu sent an army of powerful women down the catwalk in bold reds and military greens, structured cheongsams and a glamazon version of the Mao jacket on Friday (February 10) at an off-site venue for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Wu told Reuters that his Fall 2012 collection was a nod to his Chinese heritage, an autobiography and a return to his roots. "It's a picture of a very strong woman. She's fierce, she's strong and she's a warrior," Wu said. Designing for powerful women isn't new to Wu, who became a household name after designing First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural gown. But it was Vogue editor Anna Wintour who spotted the designer's talent early. Wintour, a front-row favorite, watched his Fall 2012 collection make its way down the runway, as it transitioned from classy, sexy and refined daywear and to embroidered cocktail suits and evening gowns, slit high on the thigh. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York will continue through Thursday (February 16). About 90 designers are scheduled to present their Fall 2012 collections in Lincoln Center and other venues around New York City.