Why Jason Wu Doesn't Think Fashion Should Slow Down


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There’s been a lot of chatter lately regarding fashion’s speedy pace and whether it’s having a detrimental effect on the industry’s movers and shakers. From Raf Simons’s departure from Dior to Leandra Medine’s recent podcast about burnout, the overwhelming sense is one of exhaustion. Alas, not everyone is in agreement, and it turns out that the pace is precisely what some designers thrive on. To wit, Jason Wu’s thoughts on the matter, shared recently with The Talks:

“It’s easy to say that fashion is fast-paced, and there certainly have been a lot of designer departures, but to me fashion has always been a reaction to what is going on culturally, politically, and even economically. We take our cues from what’s going on out there, you know? And the truth of the matter is that we are in a very, very fast-paced world and for fashion to be on a slower pace doesn’t seem to make sense because then it wouldn’t be very relevant for the times that we’re in.

“I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, I’ve always been very much a multi-tasker. I like being really busy and I like the idea of challenging myself from a design point of view and doing different things, like doing Jason Wu and Boss. … It is an interesting challenge for me and I’ve always done multiple projects at a time. It’s simply the way I like to work. So for me it’s not that stressful. Were there stressful moments? Yes, but that’s kind of what I signed up to do.

Well, he certainly has a point about the world at large moving quicker than ever before. As for the rest? It’s a good reminder that what works well for one person doesn’t always work for another.

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