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SundayArts Fashion: Q & A with designer Wes Gordon

Wes Gordon

At 25, Wes Gordon is an easy target for adjectives like “fashion world darling” and wunderkind. The Georgia native is a graduate of the prestigious UK design school Central St. Martins, and his designs reflect impeccable skill and intuition. The pristine femininity of his designs pair classic silhouettes with rich colors and sumptuous fabrics.

After being heaped with accolades for his Fall 2011 collection, his newcomer status is rapidly giving way to rising star prestige. We were delighted that he took time out before the debut of his Spring 2012 collection at the Hosfelt Gallery for a Q & A with SundayArts.

Your Fall 2011 collection is incredibly classic and elegant. Who is the Wes Gordon woman?
The Wes Gordon woman is polished, sophisticated and cosmopolitan. She knows what she’s looking for and she buys pieces she loves. She appreciates quality and breathtaking fabrics. She’s a little Charlotte Rampling, a little Catherine Deneuve and a little rock and roll.

It’s hard to escape mentions of your relative youth in relationship to the mature sophistication of your designs. What’s your reaction to that?
I take it as a huge compliment. However, the high stress and sleepless nights of fashion might make me go grey pretty quickly, in which case those comments might come to an abrupt halt!

What’s the inspiration behind your Spring 2012 collection? What colors and fabrics are you using?
For Spring 2012, it started with fabrics and I found a lot of inspiration in color, weight and blend. I worked closely with the best mills to develop fabrics that can be luxurious but still wearable in the heat of July. Vivid shades of cerulean blue, cadmium red and kelly green get pops of silver, black and white, which are applied to sharp tailored pieces and delicate draped knits.

There’s an emphasis on tailoring in your collections – why is tailoring so important?
Since studying in London, I appreciate the amazing artisans of Saville Row and the amount of time, labor and patience that goes into sculpting fabric to beautifully shape the body. I work to apply the same attention to detail to my own collection.

What are the wardrobe essentials every woman should have for fall?
A pair of highwaisted wide leg pants, an amazing 70’s style ivory silk blouse that you can dress up or down, and a statement piece of outerwear.

Looks from Wes Gordon’s 2012 Spring Presentation below:

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