Jason Wu: Menswear inspires womenswear
Jason Wu has added menswear touches to his new line of Hugo Boss bags for women.
The Taiwanese Canadian designer has helmed the role of art director at the German fashion house for the past two years and has relished taking the womenswear forward.
The new Boss Bespoke bags have added another string to Jason's bow.
"I liked the idea of a bag that's simple, polished and clean. It's a very feminine bag, but the lock - a diamond shape that twists - is inspired by a cufflink from menswear," Jason revealed to the British edition of Marie Claire.
Hugo Boss is the fashion house of choice for many celebrities, with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Margot Robbie showing women can look just as good in a well-fitted suit as a man can.
Celebrity male fans include Chris Pine, Eddie Redmayne and Gerard Butler, and Jason admits the menswear offerings have inspired his female designs.
"Hugo Boss has always excelled in really sharp, beautifully made suits. Its legacy has been menswear - the womenswear is only ten years old - so it's important for me to respect that heritage," he explained.
Another source of inspiration is former German art school Bauhaus, which operated from 1919 to 1933. Many of Jason's latest pieces are directly influenced by the creative institute.
"I always look at a lot of Bauhaus design. The colour block collection and the red and black palette was very much inspired by that. We used a raw-cut felt to create those geometric patterns," he said.