Wes Gordon's career has been on the fast track for the past year or so. In 2012, he received the Fashion Group International Rising Star award and was later named a finalist for both the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and, recently, the International Woolmark Prize. With all that buzz comes a pressure to generate even more, and the young designer perhaps played it a bit too fast and loose for Fall with a conspicuously louche collection that channeled a "modern harem." Gordon's new Resort lineup put him back on track.
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Gwyneth Paltrow (circa Great Expectations) served as this season's muses, inspiring relatively pared-down silhouettes. You could imagine either of those nineties golden girls in a curve-hugging navy camisole dress with a flouncy trumpet hemline. Ditto the crisp button-up paired with classic-fit jeans updated in metallic leather. Gordon mixed in signature pieces like high-waisted flared trousers that instantly slim and lengthen the legs, and also tapped into his customer's sexier side with an ivory tuxedo jacket (worn with nothing underneath), as well as a gown featuring
hand-appliquéd rubber sequins and an on-trend sheer tulle maxi skirt.