Monday Muse: Dieter Rams Inspires Jason Wu Resort 2015

Dieter Rams designs

Dieter Rams designs

Minimalist designer Dieter Rams seems like an unlikely touchstone for Jason Wu, whose collections usually drip with decadence, lace and embellishments. But perhaps his time at Hugo Boss has rubbed off on his namesake collection, because he name checked the German industrial designer as the starting point for his own take on this season’s most prevailing trend: minimalism.

Dieter Rams is most well known for his work with Braun, which included creating modern masterpieces including watches, speakers clocks and more. His work is around you everywhere, especially if you add on his work with Apple and other big names, too. His work is marked by a combination of functionality and beauty, which is why most of his work is still revered today and is proudly displayed in museums around the world as well as in the homes of everyday design junkies. His signature minimalism was done in a palette of muted colors such as white, chalk and black, with just a few pops of color here and there and through the use of that palette as well as the clean lines that pervaded Rams’ body of work, Jason Wu created a collection that took many by surprise. The designer eschewed his usual high-watt glam and to-the-nines embellishment and embraced the strict — but not stark — look of Rams’ designs.

Jason Wu Resort 2015

Jason Wu Resort 2015

For Resort, Wu looked at his usual ladylike looks with a new set of eyes instead of completely abandoning the style he’s worked to develop. There were plenty of dresses and feminine looks, but they were clean and spare. Lace, one of Wu’s signature motifs, was re-worked so that instead of floral patterns, the fabric was squared off and gridded. Rams’ work was one of the most significant aesthetics to come out of the ’60s and ’70s, but Wu’s collection was completely modern. Rams’ constant innovation was evident with Wu’s play with new materials and finishes. What appeared to be traditional beading was actually tiny plastic tubes and there were fabric treatments such as bonded wools and waxy leathers that were new for the designer, too.

Borrowing from Rams’ muted palette, there were just a few standout pastels, but they were warm and cozy, not bleached the way that Rams’ work might suggest. Instead, the pinks, yellows and mints that appeared on sheath dresses, polo shirts and clean, boxy skirts worked to add contras to the concrete and putty hues that appeared on coats and more. Fur is another one of Wu’s go-tos, and he sheared mink to give it an almost artificial look. It’s a big change from the romantic silhouettes and grand statement dresses that Wu’s customer is accustomed to, but we think that his fans will find this collection to be a breath of fresh air — and the sheath dresses looked just right for his most notable client.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.