A model presents a creation from the Fall/Winter 2014 collection by Michael Kors during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Feb 12, 2014. - EPA
Gwyneth, Reese and Blake among those present.
HOLLYWOOD’S A-list stars trooped out in force on Feb 12 to watch big name US designers unveil their 2014 fall/winter collections on the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week.
Oscar-winning actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon, and silver screen legend Michael Douglas led the star line-up at the runway shows of Hugo Boss and Michael Kors.
Jason Wu, who showed his own collection last week, came back with a sparkling line in his second job as artistic director for womenswear at the German fashion house.
As soon as veteran British model Stella Tennant ended the show and the Taiwanese-born designer came out to take a bow, Witherspoon and German actress Diane Kruger jumped up to cheer.
Backstage, the champagne flowed and Wu was mobbed by a crowd of press and celebrities lining up to be photographed with him, Paltrow and Scottish heartthrob actor Gerard Butler.
Wu offered up a feminine collection of clean lines in a colour palette ranging from light grey and pale pink to basic black with sequins, printed patchwork, pleats and sparkle.
Wu said that he wanted to give the Boss women’s line, which has been around for 10 years, a true sense of identity that stayed authentic to the company’s DNA rooted in tailoring.
“Precision is very important. I wanted to channel all those qualities into a womenswear collection that was, at the end of the day, very feminine,” he told AFP.
He contrasted the show with his own by saying the Wu woman is a “bit more romantic and here, we’re something much cleaner, much sharper and a different kind of strength.”