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Jason Wu

by Lauren Goodman

Jason Wu’s voluminous frocks and pencil skirts became must-haves for well-heeled women everywhere when Michelle Obama donned his white beaded one shoulder gown to the Inaugural Ball last year. Since then, the 27-year-old designer has been moving in only one direction, up. The 2008 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist’s colorful, optimistic and retro-American sensibility is still central to the newly emerged “First Style.” In person, Wu is equally winning. With a mischievous glint in his eye, he is all wit and charm.

Obsession:

Momofuku Milk Bar

Culture fix:

Tokyo

Words to live by:

Quality is always more important than quantity

Top fashion icon:

Christian Lacroix

Top non-fashion icon:

Jean Seberg

Right now every woman needs:

Something colorful

Getaway:

Turks and Caicos

Favorite restaurant:

Sant Ambroeus

Dream holiday:

A week in Uruguay

Guilty pleasure:

Ben & Jerry’s

Can’t live without:

My Moleskine sketchbook

What you love about the uptown girl:

She wears Jason Wu

First fashion moment:

Getting my first issue of Vogue when I was 10

Fantasy career:

Chef