>> Right after his Inaugural Ball coup, Jason Wu reiterated that he was planning on "doing a significant fur collection" for Fall 2009. He had dabbled in furs before, but a new licensing agreement with Saga Furs allowed him to plan an entire collection: 15 pieces — mainly minks — "that [aren't] just about fur coats, but also fur pieces that blend in with the collection."
By January, with all the publicity Michelle Obama was bringing him, the timing seemed off to go ahead with a full-fledged fur collection — it would be polarizing, to say the least, and might make Michelle shy away from wearing his label in the future — the First Lady doesn't need to add PETA to her daily list of concerns.
After a couple of weeks of letting everything sink in, Wu has decided to postpone the fur collection until further notice. “As a result of increased interest and demand from our global retailers, we’ve decided to put our fur license on hold and concentrate on our growing ready-to-wear business."
The decision seems prudent, especially since he already had the attention of The Humane Society's fur-free campaign; his Fall 2009 show will definitely be watched, and there's no need to have protesters get all the attention rather than his designs.