designer 101: miss wu by jason wu

I’ve had it just about up to here with all of the designer/discount collaborations of the last few years. Haven’t you? I mean, really…has anyone not done a poly-acrylic knockoff of their greatest hits for Target or H&M by now? But a good diffusion line is an entirely different story, and one I can thoroughly get behind. With a diffusion line, the designer has infinitely greater creative (and production) control, and the prices – while still a far cry from what you’d pay for the main label – are high enough to ensure serious quality.

The point? Oh yes, that. Jason Wu debuted his new line, Miss Wu, exclusively at Nordstrom this week, and while a few of the pieces may lean a little too “Taylor Swift” for my sensible 30-something self, there are a few seriously stylish goodies to be had.

Don’t they just make you hungry for spring? And really, the whole collection is a perfect reimagining of his Resort and Spring 2013 collections, which were packed with bright stripes, touches of leather, and those lovely black-and-white prints. All at prices that are considerably more wallet-friendly, starting under $200.

Some pieces are available now, and some are of the tantalizingly-delayed-gratification variety (ie, pre-order). I almost prefer the latter. It’s like a sweet little surprise when they show up on your doorstep (and your credit card bill) a month later, when you’d almost forgotten about them.

So, what are you lusting after? Whatever it is, save me that striped cashmere sweater, won’t you? Better yet, send me one.

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