Designer Spotlight: Wes Gordon
There’s no better way to get to know a collection than through the designer’s own words.
In honor of his Fall 2012 Trunk Show taking place later this week, Wes Gordon shares the process that goes into making his perfectly-tailored and delightfully femme looks.
For me, the design process really begins with the fabrics. Much like cooking, the better the ingredients, the better the result. At the beginning of each season, reps from mills in Italy, France, Switzerland, and England come visit me at the studio and present their new developments. The inspiration and ideas I get from browsing through the beautiful swatches helps to really solidify the direction I want to take for the next collection.
Prints can add an amazing layer of depth and complexity to a collection. We’ve been working with an incredibly talented artist in London now for three seasons to create custom prints for the collection-designs that you won’t find anywhere else. For me, I have to LOVE a print in order to work with it (a quick glance at my wardrobe will show that I’m slightly print-phobic). That said, I really love the prints we used for Fall. There’s something beautiful and slightly Tim Burton-esque about this scrolling design that makes it at once fresh and timeless.
It’s in the pattern-making stage where the magic really happens. Through the skilled fingers of a pattern-maker, a sketch begins to become reality. I’m incredibly lucky to have in my team an amazing (in my biased opinion, the best) pattern-maker, a gentleman who worked with Halston during his heyday as well as Mr. Blass.
I’m incredibly proud that the vast majority of our pieces are made, not only in the US, but right here in New York City. We work with fantastic tailors and dressmakers-individuals who have absolutely enormous amounts of expertise in their crafts to create the Collection.
Designing embroideries and embellishments are one of the most fun parts of creating the collection. This is a gunmetal chainmail stitched on tulle. It’s absolutely amazing. We used it on our Manolo shoes for the presentation as well as for a liquid tank top which, while beautiful, nearly weighted the poor model down to the floor!
I had a really hard time getting a good picture of this that shows the depth AND isn’t blurry (using my iPhone…)! This is an image of a lasercutting technique that I used on a purple trenchcoat in the collection. The fabric is lasercut using artwork from our print, then the pieces are hand-stitched onto tulle, lightly beaded, and then additional cutouts of fabric are appliquéd on top. It’s a complicated, time-consuming process that creates a deceptively lightweight rich texture. Come by the trunk show to see it in person!
I love this picture. There’s a nostaligic beauty to the tiny lace-covered buttons running down the back of this dress, like a string of pearls. Alas, unless you have someone there with you while you’re getting dressed, you’re in trouble!! For production, we’ll keep the buttons but they’ll be only for decoration. Underneath will be a carefully hidden invisible zipper!
After all the work and late nights, it culminates with the presentation. Ours was at Pier 59 in a room draped in 16 foot high fabric prints of the interior of a palace in Weimar. I was a little too distracted to take any pictures myself, so I’ve’ borrowed’ 3 from my best friend, the gorgeous (and photo-savvy) Alessandra Codinha….
I think she looks really cool here. The mix of textures, colors, and layering all combine to create the perfect fall outfit.
Hope to see you at our Trunk Show! I’ll be at BG on the 4th floor Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and I’d love to show you everything in person!!
xxxx Wes Gordon
Join Wes Gordon this Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5 as he presents his Fall 2012 Collection.
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Meet Wes Gordon as he presents his Fall 2012 Collection
Wednesday, April 4 — Thursday, April 5