>> Karlie Kloss, Jason Wu's usual runway opener, was at his show as usual . . . but this time, she walked second to last — Daphne Groeneveld opened, and Kloss's best friend Jourdan Dunn closed. But that wasn't the only big change Wu made for this season — though known for his use of color, Wu's Fall 2011 collection — "baroque American sportswear," as he called it — is primarily black and white.
Gold was also on the designer's mind, thanks to his inspiration — the restoration of Versailles. He had the models walk on a slippery runway of gilded antique mirrors, some with gold paint in their hair, in gold-dipped stiletto heels. Lace, too, played a major role — a number of models wore structured lace Maison Michel masks, and Wu incorporated more than 15 different types of lace, specially woven in France, into the collection.
It was the end of an intense marathon for Wu — he said backstage that he slept only two hours last night, and hadn't eaten in two days.