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Jason Wu Weaves Merino Wool Into S/S 2017

A trip Down Under with The Woolmark Company this past July inspired fashion designer Jason Wu to work Merino wool into his Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

As part of the New York-based designer’s previously announced partnership with the branded fiber company, he visited a Merino wool-producing property in Marulan, New South Wales, and checked out the fiber in person. Going straight to the source sparked Wu’s decision to incorporate Merino wool into his next collection, set to debut next month during New York Fashion Week.

“Merino wool has always played an integral role in my designs,” he explained Monday. “Yet partnering with The Woolmark Company really allowed me to further explore and develop wool for summer. What my Spring/Summer ’17 collection does is push the boundaries with conventional seasons, creating year-round luxurious pieces, which I could achieve by working with wool.”

The collection’s knitwear pieces highlight Wu’s desire to create trans-seasonal apparel and feature three types of wool fabrics in vibrant hues: a woven burnout with a delicate dotted pattern, a lightweight tailoring material, and an open-weave gauze.

“Jason’s meticulous attention to detail and innovative vision makes him a perfect partner to demonstrate the timelessness and versatility of Australian Merino wool. We have already seen Wu’s unique take on wool in his Fall/Winter 2016 collection, where the tidy parameters of his brand unveiled a serious wardrobe with a luxurious overlay,” said Stuart McCullough, managing director at The Woolmark Company, referring to the collection that Vogue called “one of his more diverse lineups.”

Previously, The Woolmark Company partnered with high-profile designers like Narcisco Rodriguez, Alexander Wang and Thom Browne. The Australian Wool Innovation subsidiary is hoping its collaboration with Wu will further position Merino wool as the premier component in luxury apparel.