Designer Profile: Wes Gordon

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Wes Gordon launched his eponymous collection in 2009 – since then he has consistently produced beautiful Lady (yes, with a capital L) collections with the perfect amount of edge to appeal to a younger audience as well. Slowly but surely he has built a foundation for a label that is here to stay.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, it is evident growing up in the midst of Southern glamour and romance has influenced Gordon’s signature American elegance aesthetic. Having interned with Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta during his time at Central Saint Martins, he was well trained for his debut collection for the Spring/Summer 2010 season. Combining luxury fabrics, exquisite detailing, and unique ability to design for multiple generations of customers – Gordon earned the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award in 2012.

For SS14 he presented his first runway collection. The 33 layered looks conjured up thoughts of a young Kate Moss in a slip dress appearing perfectly elegant as only a supermodel could. These 90s visions clearly inspired Gordon’s creamy palette and occasional lace applique or sheer detail. The pencil skirts and dresses hit at the current trend length, just below the knee – allowing his patent t-strap sandals and patent clear plastic booties from his ongoing collaboration with Manolo Blahnik  – to garner a good look. Column, figure-hugging dresses and skirts in silk crepe, silk georgette or rose colored satin were flattering silhouettes paired with jackets draped on shoulders, a pale green leather moto jacket, and a Swarovski crystal encrusted pale pink pullover done in a cotton cashmere. Casual yet luxurious ruled, overriding any too-strong hints at 90s grunge. Standouts included a white tulle racer back gown and the halter-neck slip dresses with lace detail.

In addition, Gordon presented a handbag collaboration with accessories designer Fiona Kotur. The seven inch by seven inch square clutches constructed from ebony and  adorned with an abstract leopard motif is surely to be a major accessory for spring.

Images via WWD

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