Making his Fashion Houston debut, Wes Gordon closed the show at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston, Texas on Friday, November 16th. The 2010 “best newcomer in women’s wear” paired 90’s elegance with a subtle hint of grunge, an influence from the budding designer’s childhood.
Gordon featured soft shades, lace insets, and fashion forward layering in a balance between classic sophistication and youthful edge. An elongated silhouette was a focal point of the collection. Skirts hung far below the knee and tops below the waist. A black silk twill halter paired with a pale pink cotton cashmere pullover created the illusion of a skirt as it swirled and brushed the runway. In a slightly deeper shade of bubble gum, a tea length halter was shaded by a sheer black layer dotted with Swarovski crystals.
An elegant union of lavender and lace was seen in multiple looks including a slinky silk halter and sheer below-the-knee silhouette. A second cotton cashmere pullover- this one in heather gray- was thrown over a silky lavender halter with black lace insets. A high-waisted lavender skirt with triangular lace insets was paired with a cropped black sweater reminiscent of a late 90’s Kelly Taylor.
Warm color fusions incited a feeling of spring. Canary yellow lace stemmed from the ankle up on a body-slimming halter and covered bare shoulders in another look paired with slouchy peach pants. A cropped leather moto jacket in pale pistachio- one of the hottest colors of the upcoming season- hung loosely over a creamy lemon meringue blouse.
The minimalist collection was clean and crisp, evocative of the gracious Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. But Gordon wasn’t afraid to show a sexier side, evident by an ivory tuxedo jacket cut to the navel. Paired with a metallic silver skirt, the look readily transitioned from runway to downtown lounge. Eye-catching feather details and shimmering silver chain accents added to the luxurious appeal.
The models low, loose ponytails and natural makeup afforded a simple and clean aesthetic as they commanded the runway in clear, mod ankle booties, developed in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik.
Wes Gordon’s recent transition from presentation to runway is securing his place among the fashion industry. Visit his website for more on the designer and emerging brand.