When you have fashion doyenne Iris Apfel raving that a designer's runway show looks like a visit to the depths of her closet, you know you've hit a stylistic jackpot, and that's exactly what Apfel said this weekend about designer Jason Wu's show. The young designer, who rose meteorically in 2009 when Michelle Obama donned one of his gowns, has continued to be an innovator. His New York Fashion Week show was a study in deconstructed lace, but was anything but frilly or florid. "The juxtaposition between the rough under-surface revealed during renovation and the opulence of the decor inspired a mixture of luxuriously embellished fabrics," Wu wrote in his notes left on the seats of editors. Along with sweet cocktail dresses and evening wear, he used lace on tailored, structured pieces. As a result, his lace felt almost dangerous. When you sew lace onto sweatshirt material, it knocks any trace of the priss from a blouse. Inspired by a Robert Polidori book on the 25-year restoration of Versailles, there was still plenty of gilding to gasp over, but by fusing sportswear with the delicacy of lace, Wu struck a perfect balance of power lunch and lady who lunches.