Boss A/W 2018
Mood board: it was a fitting finale for Jason Wu at Boss. In the five years since he took the reins as artistic director of Boss womenswear, Wu has successfully brought a fresh eye to the label’s suiting staples - a perspective that was especially palpable this season. Wu’s references to the minimalist artist Robert Morris, who was an inspiration for the season, took shape as more sculpturally shouldered tailoring, as well as dresses that skimmed the body. Combined with the use of menswear fabrics, and elegant detailing such as asymmetric panels and gently cascading pleats, the concise collection was a poetic finale to Wu and Boss’ union.
Best in show: clean lines have always been a hallmark of Boss and Wu’s knack for breaking those lines has provided just the right amount of disruption that still loyally represents the brand. From high slits in shift dresses, to angular cutaways to the back of an evening dress, Wu’s sense of linearity and ability to manipulate it was what stood the most.
Finishing touches: accessories were sparse this season, but a zebra print, top handle tote bag seemed to sum up the tone of the collection succinctly. Relaxed in shape but paired with a ladylike top-handle and the graphic black and white print, it was modern, wearable and chic - qualities that Wu has established for the Boss brand.