Jason Wu, fashion weekimatxree

Jason Wu‘s collections are always pretty, but this season he added a tough sexiness to his softly feminine designs. Inspired by the “provocative, erotically charged,” work of Helmut Newton and “soft, dream-like” images by photographer Lillian Bassman, the designer sent strong yet airy looks down the runway—many of which were adorned in grosgrain or leather harnesses. For accessories, ladylike leopard print bags and pearl-studded patent leather pumps emphasized the designer’s dual inspirations. See our favorite looks in the gallery!

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— Violet Gaynor