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John Bartlett will design for Bon-Ton's private label men's collection.

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GOING HOME: For the first time since launching his business four years ago, Jason Wu is finally heading home — and that’s home as in Taipei, Taiwan, where he was born. The designer, calling en route to the airport on Monday, explained it was primarily a personal trip: his brother Kevin is getting married. But Wu, who designed the bride’s wedding gown as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses, is hardly going through the country unnoticed. “It’s been crazy. I was told I would have to prepare at the airport and get private security because there were going to be people following me,” said Wu, who arrives Wednesday. “I’m not used to that. Who am I, Victoria Beckham?”

Perhaps not, but on Thursday Wu sits down with President Ma Ying-jeou for a radio interview to discuss arts and design in Taiwan. He’s also consulting on a new luxury condominium in Taipei, which opens at the end of 2011. “It’s going to be a mix of modern and classic, you know, the aesthetic I’ve built for my clothes,” explained Wu, who’s working on the lobby interior as well as the building itself. “It’s not going to be a sharp, square-looking building. There’s going to be a soft edge to it and a ribbonlike effect going through from top to bottom.” Next week, Wu is also squeezing in a quick trip to Beijing to celebrate his collection with Shiseido’s Supreme Aupres brand, which targets the Chinese market. The eight-color lineup of jewel-toned eye shadows, first seen on his spring runway, will hit stores in November.

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