At his Fall presentation, Wes Gordon was continually encircled by a crush of fans chorusing "amazing" and "obsessed." A security guard at the venue gestured at the young designer and remarked, "That's probably what Justin Bieber feels like all the time." Gordon has quickly made a name for himself in the industry, and recently tied for the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award. But he's far from complacent, and is continually setting the bar higher. This season was Gordon's largest yet.
"It's darker, grander, and more romantic, with a more disheveled elegance than in the past," he said, going on to reference Rooney Mara and Charles Dickens heroines as inspirations. Looks including a chain-mail tank paired with a belle-of-the-ball saffron cutaway skirt and a majestic Edwardian cashmere coat brought to mind a modern fairy tale, while duchesse satin T-shirts and brocade flared pants kept things youthful and effectively grounded the collection. You're not about to see Gordon's luxe clothing on every downtown hipster—these pieces are better suited for special occasions and regular gala goers like Olivia Chantecaille, who stopped by today to show her support. But it's refreshing nonetheless to see a 25-year-old up-and-comer who keeps the fantasy in fashion, and doesn't necessarily want to be the next Alex Wang.