Jason Wu Resort 2012 Collection

Posted on June 09, 2011

Jason Wu took inspiration for this collection from his recent trip to Old San Juan and if you tilt your head and squint, you can see the colorful houses and memorable architecture in these very tailored and fit-to-perfection looks, with blocks of vivid colors popping up here and there. It sometimes gets a bit too severe, but there are some great jackets and blazers paired with shorts, and some of the dresses are super-cute. Wu is big on restraint, so we’d be shocked to see wildly tropical prints or colors from him, but this is a nice marriage of his normal desire for simplicity with some nicely structured pieces and beautiful colors.

[Photo Credit: jasowustudio.com]

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  • Don’t really like the prints, and I was expecting even more color from the description.  Still, it’s a nice collection.

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see a modest swimming suit. And no, I’m not a prude. Just sayin’

  • Anonymous

    The first dress on the right on the second row has Shelly O written all over it.  I can picture her now with a bigger belt than necessary, placed higher than necessary.

  • Oze R.

    Now, that’s what resort means to me. I neeeed the third dress in the first row and the yellow swimsut (A fashion swimsuit that I can actually envision myself wearing!!!)

  • Anonymous

    Those legs! Those stick-thin legs! I can’t see the clothes because I’m so disturbed by the legs.

  • Very cute! I can see lots here that would work for a variety of age groups – it seems like the Resort collections have been a little young this year, so it’s nice to see one that’s flexible. LOVE that guava and navy combo!

    Prints are a little blah, but then I tend to like bigger, more graphic prints anyway.

  • Maybe if the models moved a little but, between their stick-straight posture and the blandness of color, I’m not feeling it. Some cute jackets to pair with other things though.

  • Which Old San Juan did Jason Wu take inspiration from? I live in Puerto Rico and this collection does not even hint OSJ to me. If any print were to suggest OSJ, it would be dark blue rectangles mimicking the blue cobblestone roads, not peacock feathers. I’m not familiar with Wu’s work: maybe the black that dominates this collection is part of his signature, but it certainly does not reference the walled city. OSJ is all about the brightly colored homes and storefronts with white trims, heavy wooden doors and interior gardens.

    I am disappoint.

  •  This collection appears to be a dream. Every piece is adorable and simplistically chic. I love the strapless dress and, well, every dress, actually.

  • Megan Sullivan

    Love it!

  • Wanted color based off the picture. Like the collection, but color should be more present in such a collection. Still good though

  • MilaXX

    He was a bit sparse on the color. I like about 50% of this collection. Love the last dress. If he had woven more of the primary colors in I think I would like it a bit more.

  • Jenn B

    I actually like the sandals the most. Every single one of them. They are delicate and strappy without being invisible or VISIBLE

  • Aly Light

    Wow, I adore this collection– I would snap up about half of it if I could. I like the A-line shapes a lot, since they flatter and fit my big hips, but I also like a lot of the cute details. The splashes of color, the demure but not matronly collars– love it all.

  • Anonymous

    Nice collection, especially the first half. He started to lose my interest right around the tuxedo/shorts (mini?) combo.

  • Anonymous

    Any bets on Michelle Obama showing up in the last gown?

    • Anonymous

      The waist placement on most of the dresses and skirts brought our FLOTUS to my mind too.

  • Anonymous

    SO delicious.

  • Anonymous

    The neckline on almost everything is so high I feel like I’m being strangled just looking at them. Pretty, otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing earthshatteringly terrible and not that much earth-shatteringly brilliant, although I adore the last two dresses and the blue pants/blue and white top/red purse ensemble slayed me.

  • Anonymous

    Cute in a Kate Bosworth kind of way.

  • Nice collection but I have to admit my first thought was that the models needed a few good meals.

  • two thumbs up

  • Someone was courting Mrs. Obama with that last dress there.

  • Lots of wearable looks and sellable pieces. I definitely see a wide range of women who this collection would appeal to. Very well done, since I often find his stuff hit-or-miss.

  • I see Michelle Obama wearing those dresses, some she shouldn’t attempt lol, but quite a few look to made for her.

  • Nice collection.  I can totally see Mrs. Obama in a few of the dresses. Betting on the first one on the left on the second to the last row.

  • I can SO see Carey Mulligan in the dress on the right, fourth block down. There are some nice pieces here, but I’m definitely more of a fan of Donna Karan’s collection. 

  • Change the colour scheme and it is a winning collection. I am amazed at how dark the collection is. I scroll the page up and down and while I do see splotches of colour, it is generally dark. Why would you wear dark clothes while on the street where it could hot. You would feel the temperature rising in a snap.

  • there’s a whole lot of hotel wall paper going on here. ew.

  • We’ll see Michelle Obama in the last full-length black gown soon…….

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that the best look is always the center top look, whetting my appetite for more awesome to come…but instead I meet 8 rows of ugly stepsisters? I like the last dress that ends in a cascade of daisies but fug the rest, honey. 

  • Anonymous

    Oy. I want to look at Donna Karan again. But I love that gown at the end.

  • I really really like this.  I actually respond really well to the severity of the looks. That’s just my personal style though- I know it’s not for everyone.

  • Okay some of the looks I totally see the resort wear. Other looks (insert odd bow tie look here) I question what it is the designer considers resort wear. I actually love the last dress.

  • Anonymous

    Was Chloe Sevengy the muse?

  • All For You Sophia

    Better than Michael Kors, I have to say, although I really love the duchess! I like the cropped trousers a lot, it’s THE alternative to hideous capris. Also love the splashes of colour here and there. Very sophis!