by Alex R. Travers
If anyone asks you where the best and brightest young designers are coming from, point to Wes Gordon. His landmark spring 2015 collection signals the arrival of a designer who’s developed a love affair with sumptuous fabrics and straightforward silhouettes. He may not be the hottest ticket in town right now, but I’m advising you to pay attention.
The simplicity of his collection brings out something elemental in a woman: Her gaze. Her pout. Her walk. Everything goes on easy. You slip into slit dress. You slide on an apron top. And you style your dresses with flats (props to Gordon, Manolo Blahnik, and stylist Julia von Boehm for making this season’s frock-flat combination look better than ever). Confidence trumps even the highest pair of heels.
Of course, Gordon doesn’t just know how women want to look. He knows how they want to feel: Smart. Alluring. Strong. His visual vocabulary is concise. And his clothes are about framing beauty. They are simple delights in a world of overwhelming dazzle. In fact, no woman who lives and breathes fashion should live without a Wes Gordon slip dress. And every man should dream of removing his metal embroidered gown, made with Swarovski crystals.
This year, Gordon is competing in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for the second time. Maybe it’s a coincidence that some of his contemporaries and past CFDA winners—Jason Wu, Joseph Altuzarra—are receiving large cash infusions. But right now, all eyes should be on Wes, still is his twenties. Familiarize yourself with one of New York’s most gifted talents. Wes Gordon is here to stay.