Wes Gordon: A Rapid Evolution
Arriving with his debut collection in 2010, Wes Gordon seems to have been born for ascendance in the fashion world. Raised in Georgia, where the staple of the empowered and formidably dressed woman proved a formidable influence, Gordon began his career with hands-on internships under Tom Ford and the late Oscar de la Renta. Now, he has become a name brand in his own right, with a list of stellar accomplishments under his burgeoning belt, such as his designs being worn by none other than Michelle Obama. Intrigued at the rapid trajectory of his career and the fastidious craftsmanship in his designs, we spoke to Gordon ahead of his presentation at Made Fashion Week to discuss the new collection as well as the feeling one gets seeing a First Lady wearing your clothes.
What is your earliest memory of being interested in fashion?
When I was in preschool, I would insist on wearing my red suspenders and blue suede bucks to school every day. Around the same time, I would go into my mother’s closet every morning and tell her what she had to wear to work. Perhaps I was a little tyrannical?
What were some of the inspirations behind this season’s collection?
A confident and tough femininity inspired by the colors and textures of artist Grillo Demo.
Your collections have evolved dramatically since you launched in 2009? How has it changed in your eyes?
Every season I seek to become more confident as a designer and gain a better understanding of the woman wearing my clothes. It’s an evolution and education that I hope continues throughout my career.
How did it feel seeing Michele Obama wear your designs?
It was an incredible moment. I actually found out via Twitter – I saw someone mention Michelle Obama in a houndstooth metallic jacket and thought, “how many other people make houndstooth metallic jackets?”
Who would you absolutely love to see wearing your design?
Cate Blanchett, without a doubt.
How do you balance creativity with commerce when designing a collection? What’s your process like?
On the one end of the spectrum, anything too basic feels boring, while anything grand and ornate feels overly precious. Good design today is about finding the right balance.
Much has been written about your revival of the ‘trunk show.’ What spurred that decision?
I love having an opportunity to engage directly with the client and to get feedback from real women wearing my designs.
What type of woman did you envision for Fall/Winter 15?
My woman is always the same person. She has a strong, unwavering sense of self and communicates her style without pretense. She leads a busy life and wants to look beautiful doing it and never wants to look as if she’s wearing a costume. In the end, I’m always designing for my friends and the women in my life.