16 posts tagged "Wes Gordon"
Scanning back through recent seasons, the runways have sometime looked like an episode of VH1′s I Love the ’90s. Think of the grunge revivals at Dries Van Noten and Saint Laurent, or the catwalk comebacks of Carolyn Murphy and Kirsten Owen. We’ve also seen designers return to logomania, crop tops, and overalls. But the nineties throwback that feels most modern to us is the slipdress—the clean, minimal lines of which recall the glory days of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and a young Kate Moss. For Spring, everyone from Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant to Jason Wu and Wes Gordon put their respective spin on the streamlined look. Keeping with that theme, Donna Karan celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of DKNY by revisiting the slinky, low-backed “naked dress” made infamous by the character Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City.
Here, in the final segment of our Swarovski Collective series by videographer Meagan Cignoli, we get a special (and very speedy) look at the making of Wes Gordon’s latest collection . Before his first-ever runway show on Tuesday, the designer explained, “This season I wanted to capture a modern, fresh, clean energy.” He added, “In particular, I wanted to create texture and depth from a rich palette of materials, while still maintaining a sleek silhouette.”
One of the key materials in his collection was, of course, crystals. “We used over 7,000 Swarovski Crystals for the tank gown,” said Gordon. “When we were fitting it this morning, it was reflecting light all over the room—that was a real highlight.” Watch the Style.com exclusive stop-motion film, here.
It’s a season of debuts for Wes Gordon. Later today, the designer will present his first fully staged runway show at New York fashion week—no small feat for a young label. And atop that catwalk, Gordon will also unveil his freshman foray into handbags, thanks to a new partnership with accessories designer Fiona Kotur.
“We came up with this seven-inch-by-seven-inch square box clutch,” Gordon told Style.com. “It’s bigger than you’d expect.” He and Kotur developed an “abstract leopard” motif, which is rendered in ebony, with mirror inlays along the bags’ enamel casings. “The effect is fresh and unexpected, and it felt like the perfect time to do it,” added Gordon. The bags debut exclusively above.
The material-play apparent with these pieces will be echoed in Gordon’s Spring ’14 collection. He mentioned that he’s focusing solely on “textures,” eschewing “digital or graphic prints.” This season also marks his fifth go-around with Manolo Blahnik on footwear. Together they’ve developed a patent-and-clear-plastic bootie, and a “simple, clean patent sandal.” Given all of the above, it’s safe to say we can expect Gordon to create quite a rumble in the concrete jungle come show time.
Friday night, Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis unveiled their “African maximalist” Spring ’14 collection in New York. Before the new looks hit the runway, director and videographer Meagan Cignoli trailed the duo as they put the final touches on things. “We actually started with African Bakuba cloths, and somehow took them to a whole other place,” says Beatty of the design process.
Cignoli’s stop-motion video, the first in a series commissioned by Swarovski, makes its exclusive debut here. We’ll be premiering two more films from the project—which highlights New York-based Swarovski Collective designers including Prabal Gurung and Wes Gordon—later this week.
After fourteen years in their cozy, pink Greene Street store, Kirna Zabête‘s Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley have packed up shop and moved to 477 Broome Street. “We’ve always had the same mission, to sell the most important designers of today and tomorrow, and we just didn’t have space for all of them,” said Easley. “And we were 26 years old when we first moved into that space,” added Buccini. “We’ve grown up, and our tastes have evolved.”
But they haven’t grown up too much—and thank goodness for that. Since it first opened in 1999, Kirna Zabête—its name is derived from the owners’ nicknames—has been known not only for offering a diverse selection of established brands (like Balenciaga, Lanvin, Givenchy, and the like) and hot up-and-comers (Anthony Vaccarello and Wes Gordon among them) but also for its quirky, playful sensibility. This carries over to the new 10,000-square-foot space, which, designed by Steven Gambrel, is what Easley describes as “glamorous Dr. Seuss, but chic.” Having opened on June 20, the Broome Street boutique, which boasts Dorothy Draper-esque black-and-white floors and bright fuchsia pillars, just received its finishing touches (like the six 5-foot-tall chandeliers) this week. As shoppers walk in, they’re confronted with the proprietresses’ favorite bit—a wall of clever phrases, like “Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn,” in neon lights. “When you are buying really expensive clothes, you should feel good about it. You should be having a great time,” said Buccini. “So we did our warm, wacky wall of neon lights—the phrases are just funny things that register with us.” Also on their wordy wall is a phonetic spelling of the store’s name. Apparently, after almost a decade and a half of dressing tastemakers worldwide, the pronunciation still gets butchered on a daily basis. “We’ve heard it all,” said Buccini with a laugh. Continue Reading “Kirna Zabête Grows Up, and Out” »