Now in his fourth runway season for Boss, if he hadn't already proven he was the right man for the job, Jason Wu proved it with this Spring/Summer 16 showcase at New York Fashion Week, where the designer displayed his glamorous infusion into the otherwise utilitarian brand.
This time around, Wu decided to approach the new collection with his softest version of Boss' technical tailoring. "The tailoring aesthetic doesn't just come from a jacket or a suit per se," said Wu backstage. "Look at a shirtdress that's been really well-tailored."
Adding his own twist on the typical tailored suit, Wu sent out a collection exuding a minimalist feminine aesthetic – composed of clean, loosely structured jackets and cropped wide trousers that referenced classic tailoring with a twist, alongside long vests and sporty slim dresses trimmed in fringe – a reoccurring detail seen throughout many current collections.
Sheer technical organza, featuring Issey-Miyake-style micro-pleats, added an element of modern movement to sharp shirts and structured shift and wrap dresses that cemented his infusion of femininity into the pragmatic German brand.
The Spring/Summer 16 collection marked more than one first for Wu, as the designer looked to experimenting with prints for the first time, using an etched gray-tone floral and digital print for his first trial-run. Other colours seen in the collection included a pale yellow, cobalt blue and rust.
Accessories came in the form of square structured, top-handle bags and envelope clutch bags, in multicoloured geometric patterns which contrasted the otherwise clinical hues.
The last three looks of the collection seemed to be Wu's way of paying homage to the label's long-standing signature suit in the form of a crisp black-off-the-shoulder dress, a strapless jumpsuit with a sleek fold-over take on the satin lapel and a plain black jacket.
Discover the collection in full via our gallery below...