Jason Wu is concerned the U.S. fashion industry is in a “weird place”.
The New York-based designer is known for merging American sportswear elements with timeless classics, with his fans including Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore as well as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Wu recently announced that he will be taking a two-season hiatus from runway shows to work on expanding and streamlining his business, and he has now admitted that the overhaul is necessary in order to keep up with the changing landscape of fashion.
“American fashion is in kind of a weird place,” he said during a chat held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, according to WWD. “It’s very challenging and New York Fashion Week is going through its own period of self-evaluation and everyone is looking at the business differently.”
Wu went on to explain that the clothes business is entirely different since he launched his own brand in 2003.
However, he was thrilled to participate in a programme in which he mentored 15 students at the Otis College of Art and Design, and he ended up learning a lot from the aspiring designers too.
“I’m happy to be able to do something for the generation after me so aspiring fashion designers can be armed with as much information as possible before they leave school,” the 36-year-old insisted. “Also, it’s really interesting to tap into how that generation thinks and it also keeps me very current. It’s really important to know what’s going on and be a part of culture.”
During the chat, Wu touched on some of the outfits he has created for this A-list clients and made a special mention of his relationships with new royal Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.
Meghan stepped out in a dark green crepe dress from the designer during an appearance in Fiji earlier this month (Oct18) as part of her and Prince Harry’s first royal tour together, and Wu could not be happier to see the former Suits actress in his garments.
“Meghan is very inspiring and wears the clothes beautifully and has great poise,” he smiled.
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