Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear
September 10, 2012 New York
Well, that was quick. Having launched his namesake label in 2010, Wes Gordon can already count Michelle Obama as a fan and was recently named a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. The 26-year-old designer's core clientele is a gala-going group of ladies who lunch, but today's Spring presentation, which also attracted downtown darlings including Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Garance Doré, proved that Gordon has his eye trained on a hipper crowd, too. The new lineup was inspired by mystical tarot cards (see: the hand-painted swan print) and was "a little tougher and more sinister—with a bite," as the designer put it. Compared to seasons past, Gordon decidedly ratcheted up the sex appeal here, with a corseted foil-leather trench, vampy Chantilly lace blouses, and ultra-slim tulle pants embellished with sparkly Swarovski elements. The killer stilettos (Gordon's third collaboration with Manolo Blahnik) featuring lace-up ankle straps deserve a shout-out, too, even though you couldn't help but sympathize with the pained look in the teetering models' eyes. Still, Gordon was careful to balance those sultrier pieces with more straightforward, sophisticated ones like a lipstick red bias-cut dress with a high neckline and asymmetrical hem. That should keep his Bergdorf base—out in full force this morning, and all wearing Gordon numbers—coming back for more.