Designer Jason Wu loves fashion – but he also loves quiet nights at home. The 34-year-old is an artist in the public eye, but as far as date night with his husband Gustavo goes, the vibe is quite opposite. The two-some can most likely be found on the couch, drinking wine, watching TV and hanging out with their two cats: Jinxy and Peaches.
It’s ceretainly a 180 from the craziness of New York Fashion Week, and dressing A-Listers like Michelle Obama, January Jones and Kerry Washington, and his latest project: GREYOUT. The latter is a two-week long lifestyle experience at Cadillac House – launching Sept. 12, during NYFW – where everything attendees experience (ahem, touch, taste, takehome) and do (receive manicures, paint, dance) is in grey.
“I'm dipping [Cadillac’s] space in my custom color created with the Pantone Color Institute, creating interactive art installations and hosting events,” says Wu. “I also selected my favorite lifestyle brands to create their most iconic products in my shade of grey, such as Moleskine and Sharpie.”
When the Taiwanese designer isn’t taking over the world, creating a capsule all-gender collection or dressing A-listers, he likes to cook dinner for his husband, who he wed in Tulum, Mexico, in 2016. “The small things count when you’re busy,” says Wu.
Fortunately, his other half understands the business (he is the brand’s CFO, afterall). “He's very patient. We actually work together, so he's with me during every stressful moment especially leading towards Fashion Week,” says Wu. “Sometimes he tells me the things I don't want to hear, but at the end of the day we're partners in crime and balance each other very well.”
While Wu is known by brides for his beautiful wedding dresses, he started out making dolls – which is how he met a famous friend. “RuPaul was actually one of my heroes growing up. We met when I was 21 and designing dolls at the beginning of my career.”
Since then, he’s become buddies with other stars, like January Jones and our former First Lady, who he’s dressed on several occasions – he says styling the latter is his biggest accomplishment. “I still haven't gotten over it all these years later. She truly made my American dream come true.” Of the former first lady, Wu says she’ll always be an inspiration.
The first famous female he dressed has another Washington D.C. connection – if TV’s Scandal counts, anyway. In 2007, Actress Kerry Washington, a.k.a. Olivia Pope, wore an emerald strapless mermaid gown made by Wu. The designer was incredibly excited and nervous with butterflies. “I think that it established my career as someone who dresses women for special moments, which is one of the best parts of my job.”
Wu loves what he does and will continue to create innovative and beautiful collections. As far as procreating and passing on his talents: the question goes unanswered. Wu says, “My cats don't count as children?”
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