Jason Wu in Cincinnati

Jason Wu has traveled the world with his fashions, but it took Patty Brisben and the Patty Brisben Foundation to get him to make his first trip to Cincinnati.

Jason brought his latest runway collection to the home of Chris and Jessica Cicchinelli this week for a cocktail party hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting the Patty Brisben Foundation. “It’s my first time in Cincinnati—or even Ohio,” he said. “Patty is a dear friend of the house and it’s such an honor to be invited to her home in Cincinnati to support her foundation.”

Jason may be best known for dressing former First Lady Michelle Obama, but sees his creations as universal. “My passion is making women feel beautiful and I couldn't be happier to support a cause that champions women's health, research and education,” he said. “I feel very lucky to have designed for so many inspiring women in my lifetime-all of them have taught me that some of the most admirable human traits are humility, individuality and a keen sense of humor.”

While women may be inspired by Jason’s new collection, Jason is inspired by his travel. “I get inspired by seeing new places. Luckily, I'm able to travel a lot. Recently I found an amazing artist in Hong Kong named Park Seobo; I had to take home a piece of his art to hang in my apartment.” 

And what is Jason seeing in fashion this year? “Spring is all about neon florals,” he said. “It's a fresh take on American Sportswear with a couture inspired sensibility. The Fall collection celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Jason Wu brand. The collection embodies the very essence of the Jason Wu woman; sexy, refined and incredibly luxurious.”

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