Designer Jason Wu Switches It Up for New Evening Wear Collection

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As New York Fashion Week for fall 2012 unfolds, one of Hollywood's favorite designers changes the game.

Designer Jason Wu has some very big fans: Michelle Obama (her inauguration gown), Diane Kruger and assorted Hollywood girls who love his girlishness, full skirts, prints and knack for combining colors. But for fall 2012, when it came to evening wear -- in fact, when it came to day wear -- Wu switched up his palette and went slim, and his color scheme looked very fall 2011: black, grey, red or burgundy. He cut slim pants and slightly boxy jackets, added fur for glamour, and made very simple sleek clothing for city women.

However, it was for nighttime that his looks really transformed: Gone was the Audrey Hepburn pastel ballgown innocence Wu is known for -- with tulle and chiffon and ruching. All of Wu's fall gowns were slender, smattered with Swarovski crystals. The looks that stood out the most was a gown with a short front and a long back; and a different bustier fabric than skirt fabric -- red lace with black, making the effect of evening separates. 

Wu isn't normally a name one would hear on the Oscar red carpet, but looks like these will readily turn up at parties all next week, when Vanity Fair begins to throw parties every night starting Monday, Feb. 20, and the Costume Designers Guild takes place Feb. 21.

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