This week’s post features a lesser-known, but soon-to-be-known-by-all designer. At only 25 years old, Wes Gordon has been praised by the likes of Women’s Wear Daily, Harrod’s Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal— not to mention his title as Fashion Group International’s Rising Star in January 2012. Read on to hear his story and fall in love with his figure-complimenting collections (and that hair! Now that’s flow).
Born in Chicago and raised in Atlanta, this southern gent knows his women well, and I mean that in the best way possible. Once enrolled in Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design, he centralized his love of fashion and fine art, and even honed his technique by interning with the big guns (Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford) between semesters. Working in close encounters with these masters of women’s wear, it comes as no surprise that Gordon became skilled in the ways of the female figure as well.
His big break:
It wasn’t long before he already formed a loyal fan base, designing for close friends in the London socialite. To put him even further into the spotlight, his graduation collection, “The Glass Collection,” was the finale of CMS’ press show in 2009. And that was just the beginning. Debuting in NYFW for Fall/Winter 2010, his designs were immediately snatched up by Saks and Harrods.
With “classic techniques and modern, edgy designs,” Gordon has shown an array of looks from cool, loose-fitting jumpsuits to geometric mini dresses to goddess-like gowns. Varying his fabrics as well, we’ve seen solids (bold and neutral) paired with oriental brocade, neon furs, and lots of lace (see his Spring 2013 Collection here). One thing is always for certain– his knack for creating an elegant, ultra-feminine look that isn’t too high maintenance is something we can all get on board with.
His early accomplishments have since been followed by a Vogue feature, getting picked up by Bergdorf Goodman and Kirna Zabete in 2011, and of course his Rising Star award. I don’t know about you, but I am completely enamored by his Spring 2013 collection, and I can only imagine was he has in store for us next! I’ll be keeping a close watch, you can bet on that.
Top: January Jones in Spring 2013, bottom: Lucy Hale in Spring 2012