Fashion

BOSS Fall 2018

For his final collection for the brand, Jason Wu chose simplicity and refinement (spotlighting his mastery of the craft), over grandeur and gimmicks.
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Circles have no beginning and no end, but that didn’t stop Jason Wu from presenting his final collection with BOSS on a rotating, meditative ring. After five years of amping the German brand’s global profile, Wu is stepping down to focus on his own eponymous line. 

With only 18 looks, the designer proved his mastery of the craft: strong feminine tailoring, restrained use of color for effect (in this case, Klein Blue), and just the slightest pop of fun (the gorgeous zebra-stripped bags). He tells Vogue, “I wanted this to represent my era at the brand…just sophisticated, clean, and absolutely pristine.” He’s done that here with impressive minimalism.

According to show notes, Wu’s clothes this season were inspired by the sculptural artist Robert Morris, which explains the simplicity of design, and can be best found in the juxtaposition of structural overcoats with lighter-than-air satin dresses, rather than direct imitation. 

If there is a metaphor to be found in Wu’s rotating platform, it is that despite his end at BOSS, the clothes he’s created will live on in wardrobes forever. 

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