>> Isabel Toledo may have shelled out for that lemongrass fabric she used to make Michelle Obama's inaugural day dress — it rings in at $500 a yard — but it's Jason Wu who will be reaping the Fashion Week benefits of an Obama nod.
In fact, Wu's show "might be the hottest ticket in town" — right after Marc Jacobs — according to The New York Observer. Elle is sending seven more staffers than it did to Wu's Spring 2009 show — including editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, creative director Joe Zee, and style director Kate Lanphear. Bergdorf Goodman is bringing its entire buying team, in addition to fashion director Linda Fargo and senior women's fashion director Roopal Patel, who attended last season. Anna Wintour is sure to attend again, especially since she was already front row for the Spring 2009 show.
"I feel extreme pressure . . . »
“Last season was a much more intimate show. His biggest name in the front row was probably Leighton Meester, and she’s been a client and muse of his for some time,” said Elle's market director Joann Pailey. “This season will certainly be a bigger affair.” Bergdorf Goodman's Fargo agreed: “When you’re new, you have to accept a lot of people that are really unknown to you. Now they’ll have to be more selective and edit the list, which is not a bad problem to have. Will it be peppered with more high-profile names? Most likely.”
Wu's publicist Anne Fahey admitted that several actresses have already reached out about attending the Fall 2009 show. Jason, for his part, is trying to focus on what goes down the runway: “What happened was amazing, but I still need to put my all into the collection. I feel extreme pressure, but that’s always the case. Putting on a show, I always feel like I’m giving birth. It’s my baby. Right now it’s important for us to just remain grounded.”