Jason Wu Spring 2014: Michelle Obama's Designer Returns To The '90s With Barely There Slipdresses Reminiscent Of Kate Moss' Calvin Klein Days [PHOTOS]

By Jessica Barbanel September 6, 2013 9:21 PM EDT
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At almost 31, Jason Wu is no longer the new kid on the block. And it shows.

For Spring 2014, Michelle Obama's designer stripped away the billowing shoulder pads and fur, paring down to the barest essentials. Slinky slipdresses and scoopneck tops grazed the body, gliding effortlessly against each part of the frame. Forget his fall power suits. And put away his Helmut Newton-inspired bondage gear. There was a lightness to these fabrics and silhouettes that belied the painstaking labor involved.

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Wu said he wanted to explore the intersection of "construction and ease," and he did just that. As we saw 34-year-old Karen Elson start the show, we knew there would be a hint of history. Once the shimmer gave way to opaque neutrals and sheer panels it was hard not to picture Kate Moss in her iconic Calvin Klein campaign. Both her slipdress and body were minimalist. The same held true here.

The slouchy proportions felt athletic, not masculine, a look Calvin Klein did so well. Oversize cargo pockets were balanced by sheer fabric, while high necks were countered by delicate cap sleeves.

As always, Wu tiptoed around transparency - for day with a sporty blouse, for evening with a beaded gown. Unlike last spring, though, these sheer constructions were dainty, not diva. There was no Femme Fatale here.

Sure there were showstopping mermaid gowns and plenty of embroidery. But Michelle Obama's designer is no longer trying to prove himself. He's arrived.


Love Jason Wu? Catch Up On His Previous Collections Here:

Fall 2013: At 30, Jason Wu Is Seeing Things Differently

Spring 2013: Jason Wu Gets In Touch With His Naughty Side

Inaugural Ball 2013: Michelle Obama Chooses A Fire-Engine-Red Jason Wu Gown

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