"It was initially about a modern harem, but then this whole Sgt. Pepper, King's Road vibe started coming through," Wes Gordon said at his Fall presentation in the Gramercy Theatre. The shabbily opulent venue proved ideal for the young designer's latest effort, a louche ode to "the girl who's having an affair with one of the Rolling Stones."
The Stones fittingly swelled in the background as models lounged about in crushed yellow-gold satin separates and super-flared pantsuits in shiny yellow, teal, and burnished orange brocade. Gordon's biggest strength might be color choice—his unexpected combinations are almost always pleasing to the eye. Royal blue pindot satin was paired with the orange brocade; purple velvet boots with a winter white off-the-shoulder cocktail dress, a yellow fur shawl draped over the shoulder.
There were moments when Gordon went too far or not far enough. Long goat hair coming out of suit jacket sleeves registered more creepy than glamorous, and a black lace cocktail dress was a little too shabby. Gordon is still young and learning, but one thing's for sure: He knows his girl. She's rich, and she likes her clothes that way, too.