DE­BUT

The fash­ion de­signer, known for his so­phis­ti­cated, glam de­signs, talks travel, in­flight mask­ing and Meghan Markle.

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Globe-trot­ting with Ja­son Wu.

YOU CAN TELL A LOT about a per­son by the way they pack their suit­case. Ja­son Wu is a meth­od­i­cal folder (he gets it from his dad, he says) but a messy un­packer. “I just pull out what I need and leave,” laughs the Tai­wanese-Cana­dian, who is the go-to de­signer for style stars such as Diane Kruger and Michelle Obama. Wu is also a St. Regis Con­nois­seur (a.k.a. brand am­bas­sador)—hence the but­ler ser­vice at the lux­ury ho­tel chain is his fave. “They make it feel like home,” he says. Then again, Wu is used to liv­ing out of a suit­case. And we see more Air Miles in his fu­ture: He’s open­ing stores in China this year. At the un­veil­ing of the St. Regis Toronto, we got him to stay in one spot long enough to talk travel and trends.

MAP QUESTS “I love go­ing to Tu­lum—it’s not too far from New York, where I live, so it’s good for down­time. For longer trips, I love Tai­wan. My fam­ily is there. We’re all go­ing to Thailand to­gether—my mom, my dad and my brother and sis­ter-in-law and their kids.” CARRY-ON “I al­ways have a pack of wipes to wipe down the TV screen. And my lit­tle beauty kit: I use Cau­dalie Beauty Elixir and Dr. Bar­bara Sturm serums and sheet masks or a heat­ing eye mask. I don’t care [if any­one looks at me]! I just care for my own san­ity when I’m trav­el­ling.”

THE MARKLE EF­FECT “I knew Meghan Markle had our green dress, but I didn’t know if she was go­ing to wear it [on the royal tour in Fiji]. She looked great in it. She re­ally rep­re­sents the mod­ern power woman.”

SPRING FLINGS “This sea­son, there’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a re­turn to ro­man­ti­cism and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. There has been a lot of fo­cus on streetwear, but I think [fash­ion] is go­ing to be very fem­i­nine go­ing for­ward.”

NET­FLIX AND... NET­FLIX “My travel hack is to have movies and shows down­loaded on my iPad in case I’ve seen everything on the plane’s in­flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem. I just fin­ished The Haunt­ing of Hill House, and I’ll be watch­ing the new sea­son of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars— I’m go­ing to be a guest judge!” ®

From top: Dr. Bar­bara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum ($390); Tu­lum (Wu got mar­ried there); Markle in Wu’s Com­pact Crepe Sheath dress; Cau­dalie Beauty Elixir ($59). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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