Who: A household name thanks to Michelle Obama, who wore Wu to both presidential inaugurations.
Why now: Inspired by Helmut Newton and Lillian Bassman, there’s so much more to this label than elegant First Lady gowns.
The hot pieces: Underwear as outerwear-style leather shirting, harness dresses and sheer pumps.
The designer’s take: “I liked the tension of Newton’s hard imagery contrasted with the gentle forms in Bassman’s work.”
Wu’s woman is sexy, sleek and in controlcredits
Words: Kay Barron. Photograph: Wenn