Jason Wu designs are fanciful and practical

Don't define young designer Jason Wu simply by that frothy concoction he created for Michelle Obama - he's far more ladies-who-lunch than debs-on-parade.

The fall collection from the Taiwan-born 20-something showcases a slew of super-wearable dresses, plus sensational separates such as chiffon blouses and shells, cashmere cardis, blazers and coats. Expect decadent detailing on every piece, be it exquisite embroidery, laser-cut overlays or delicate beadwork. We especially loved a fanciful print featuring silhouetted love scenes. We asked him about it and learned it was definitely one of his favorites, too.

"Around the studio, we just refer to this fabric as 'fairy tale print,'" he says. "It was inspired by the whimsy of Arthur Rackham's illustrations, which was also the theme behind my fall 2009 collection."

But his personal must-have piece was a red-and-fuchsia corset cocktail dress with crystallized Swarovski elements and jet bead bodice. "I think the couture technique used on the bodice embellishment mixed with the unusual color combination really embodies the spirit of the whole collection," he says.

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