Wes Gordon Spring 2014

by Alex R. Travers

YVL_0249.450x675Today was Wes Gordon’s runway debut, so it was no surprise that emotions were running high. Inside an elongated studio at 269 11th Avenue, sat an audience of eager fans ready to cheer him on. Gordon’s garments could be spotted all over: Look left, and you’d see a pair of gold tessera pants from Fall 2103; glance right, and you’d spot more than one of the midi dresses in printed scuba; turn back around, and you’d catch Constance Jablonski in green flair pants.

For Spring, items from the Resort 2014 collection were retouched beautifully and imaginatively, such as a navy mid-calf camisole dress with trumpet hemline in scuba. This season, it came in a creamy, cool butter. The painted houndstooth pattern, which caught the first lady’s fancy, was brought back and added to a cropped motorcycle jacket. (A lilac apron dress with an exquisitely detailed passementerie hem nicely wrapped up that package.) Then, a few looks later, his perceptive and romantic spirit came across in a satin plunge front shadow dress with a black vine lace slip. Gordon, 27, also took some age-appropriate risks. One that paid off was a sheer rose pullover (embroidered with Swarovski crystals) perfectly positioned over a black bias-cut halter gown. Even with all those undeniably luxurious fabrics, its sporty demeanor demonstrated the unparalleled easy with which Gordon creates. Another winner was a double-faced crepe duster—airy, smart, and elegant. While some of the looks—a copper pleated skirt with yellow lace insets—didn’t translate well, Gordon still deserves credit for his near-perfect tailoring. He’s vividly passionate about making clothes, and it’s not hard to root for a designer who’s in it for the love of the game.