Adrian Wu Once Again Shows Art on the Runway

Adrian Wu’s collection was called “The Hierarchy of Need.” Inspired by the movie V for Vendetta, all of the models who walked the runway wore Anonymous masks while wearing statue-like dresses with polka dots. There were some pieces that were at least a little bit wearable, including some maxi dresses.


The set, which had a pretty spring-like vibe (interesting, considering that this is supposed to be a fall collection), grabbed my attention for its bright greens – a contrast from the dresses, which were predominantly navy and mud brown. Just as last season, Adrian’s pieces were leaned more towards artwork than being wearable, but that is to be expected. Not all designers, after all, have regular people in mind when they show their collections.

While I realize that designers are artists and design and construct gorgeous pieces, I often question their talent if they only stay within the “artist mode” and create looks that few would and could pull off. Is it some sort of excuse to create gorgeous designs without taking the regular woman and her fit issues (or non-issues) into consideration? Is it saying a way of saying that someone can only design for a long, skinny figure? Designers who are truly talented can create gorgeous pieces for many different body types (though I wonder whether many can make things for a short figure of any size) or can make pieces that translate for a regular wear and don’t limit themselves to looks that are more appropriate for a gallery.

Images by George Pimentel

About Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

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