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TFW diary: Adrian Wu’s overwrought LG Fashion Week debut fails to impress


Adrian Wu Spring 2012

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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By Leah Semple

Presented to an at-capacity studio and accompanied by none other than a string quartet, the LG debut show of 21-year-old designer Adrian Wu started promisingly. By the first look out, however, the collection had already failed to impress. (That look being entitled “Natural Beauty,” or, in simpler terms, a hairy-legged man in a short lace shift dress and Lady Gaga–style facial orbit.) In looks titled “orgasm” and “blue balls,” tulle-wrapped IKEA paper lanterns overpowered the designs, protruding off of models in shapes suggestive of breasts and other bodily lumps ‘n’ bumps. While the gowns themselves were quite striking in a palette of muted colours and constructed to Wu’s signature voluminous style, they were not the focus of the audience, and apparently not that of Wu’s either. On more than a few pieces, faulty zippers and rogue hem threads stuck out like sore sartorial thumbs.

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