We always look forward to seeing beautifully tailored pieces from Boss’ each showing, and since resort collections have been underway, we have been eagerly waiting to see how tailoring was able to translate into the world of luxury travel. In recent seasons, creative director Jason Wu has been restructuring the boundaries that the label generally falls into, so we are seeing how uptight tailoring plays with relaxation. For the Boss resort 2017 collection, we are given the perfect balance that shows Wu’s new aesthetic working with the signature proper tailoring that only the Boss label can provide for us.
For his last fall collection for the brand, Wu added in some femininity via embroideries and floral prints for the décor side, while the overall designs of the pieces were softened by way of peplums, draping, or other curves added in throughout. So, we were expecting to see some of those stylish ideas coming forth for the resort collection as well, and we certainly weren’t disappointed.
The overall line focused more on the tailoring than the feminization, but the lovely aspects like some of the pattern and color decisions were evident as well. It seems Wu is still working out the kinks of balancing his style and the classic Boss design aesthetic; he was appointed back in 2013, so we’re sure that balance will be reached and there will be a sense of cohesion between lines in a few seasons.
Now, for resort, one might expect more flowy details to remind us of the beach and of a getaway travel destination, so Wu deciding to focus more on the Boss tailoring this season in particular was a bit of a surprising choice, but one not without its benefits. Sometimes a trip to such a destination is about both business and pleasure, so in that regard, Wu seems to have been designing for the businesswoman and what she might like to wear between exotic business meetings.
This adds a bit of fantasy and luxury to the everyday professional wardrobe, and with the sharp tailoring you could wear these smart pieces anywhere in the world to a meeting, a business encounter, or any office setting and have that powerful professionalism that can make a woman feel a bit sexier or more powerful in general as she goes about her average workday.
But some of the styles were less practical than others, giving way to style a bit more than utility. The classically tailored suitcoat dress with long fringe, for instance, might get in the way during someone’s day to day business, but it does add a modern and chic twist to the signature Boss garment – so you have to take the pros with the cons, if such a statement would be in the way for you.
Yet, the slim-fitting dress with a cinched waist and the same length of fringe is indeed a more practical use of the embellishment, since it is bound to stay a bit closer to the body, and a whimsical addition like that is more expected of a dress than a suitcoat in general.
So Wu may be showing some inconsistencies in his design aesthetic for Boss from season to season, but hopefully that will be worked out in due time, so we can all have a clear image of what the Boss woman has become under this designer’s direction. Right now he is at least bringing in some aspects (like the lovely green color) so we can see how things are progressing, so perhaps he is onto something consistent after all.
Photos courtesy of Vogue