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Jason Wu’s woman is rich, powerful, and beautiful—no question. And she knows how to work a room. The designer’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, which walked earlier today, was an unabashed salute to sexy, grown-up clothes for sexy, grown-up women; women who can afford the ultra-luxe belted calf-length fur Anna Ewers donned for the final look. The coat was almost throwback in its unapologetic ’50s-meets-’80s excess, reminiscent of a certain kind of grande dame but shrewdly updated for the well-kept uptown girl of the moment. Wu kept it simple with a regimented military palette of olive drab, khaki, and gray, but compensated for that restraint with sharp tailoring and lush textures. Fur stoles were draped across the body alongside high-waisted cropped trousers, slinky secretary blouses, and thigh-high slit croc pencil skirts. Peek-a-boo sheer and beaded gowns preceded a set in black and white with up-to-there front slits. Part of Wu’s appeal as a young designer has been that he doesn’t just chase the cool, rather, he’s zeroed in on a more established customer and has cultivated his own brand of glamor. That point-of-view is maturing nicely.