Designer Wes Gordon and his model date Constance Jablonski told us about their connections to punk last night on the red carpet outside NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Constance confided that yesterday brought her most punk moment yet — she wore a leather harness designed by Wes!
The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner took place in our capital over the weekend, and Hollywood's finest made their way to the East Coast to show their support. Prada was a favorite of the night — both Kate Mara and Claire Danes went for beautiful looks from the label. Kerry Washington went graphic in a black and white dress by Wes Gordon, plus we got a peek at FLOTUS Michelle Obama's Monique Lhuillier number. All that and more in today's Fashion Flash. On Allison: Rachel Zoe blazer, Jane Basch necklace.
Congratulations are in order for a group of young designers including Joseph Altuzarra, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Wes Gordon, all of whom are in the American finals for the 2014 International Woolmark Prize.
The group of finalists, which includes seven other design houses, will compete for the opportunity to go up against designers from Australia, China, India, and Europe in Milan next year. One American designer will be selected to represent the United States this July, when the 10 finalists present competition collections made with merino wool.
The prize for breaking through the other finalists and into the last round of competition is $100,000 toward that designer's next collection; the international prize is another $100,000, plus the opportunity to sell the winning collection in stores all over the world.
A look at who else is in the running, here in the gallery.
Wes Gordon's Fall 2013 collection was a '70s-fueled offering of clothing cut from lavish fabrics. The designer said he was inspired to create clothing for "the girl who's having an affair with one of the Rolling Stones," and to that end, he paired a suit cut from a yellow brocade with a cream shirt, and topped off a few cocktail dresses with fur stoles in blue, orange, and pink. Our full review will be posted shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy a full look at the collection.
These stories and more here, in our daily news roundup.
- Gisele Bündchen released the first picture of daughter Vivian Lake Brady on her Facebook page. The caption reads, "Love is everything!!!! Happy Friday, much love to all." [Facebook User Gisele Bündchen]
- Chanel's iconic Rue Cambon boutique is slated to expand. [WWD]
- Chris Benz, Badgley Mischka, and Cynthia Rowley have all been tapped to create a capsule collection of outerwear for London Fog, which will hit stores in August. [Glamour]
- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell secured the highly coveted seat next to Anna Wintour at Thursday's Kimberly Ovitz show. [New York Post]
- Wes Gordon, Giulietta's Sofia Sizzi, and Cushnie et Ochs's Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie are among the designers who will participate in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's Americans in Paris program during Paris Fashion Week. [WWD]
- Portraits of Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, and Carolina Herrera are featured in Andy Warhol's latest exhibit, Andy Warhol Photography, which will open on Feb. 11 in London. [Vogue UK]
- Rag & Bone's latest bag, the Pilot Clutch, is now available online and in stores. [Elle]
- In other ecommerce news, a collection of vintage clothing and accessories curated by Natalie Joos for the Manhattan Vintage show is now shoppable. [Manhattan Vintage]
- Not only did Hanneli Mustaparta star in Diesel Black Gold's Spring 2013 campaign, shot by Theo Wenner, but she also styled it. [POPSUGAR Fashion News Inbox]
Ashley Greene showed she has major fashion guts when she wore a black sheer lace Wes Gordon blouse at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in NYC. A black bandeau bra covered her up, while black cropped trousers and black peep-toe pumps completed her all-black look. If you dare to follow in Ashley's footsteps, sport your sheer black lace top with only a bandeau bra, then finish off with chic black pants and pumps. If you're too fashion shy, you can wear a nude camisole underneath and you'll be just as chic.
With an inherent love of Autumn, Wes Gordon set about designing his Spring collection with a mission: "to love Spring as much as Fall." So he turned to a "High Priestess" theme, drawing from a darker side to craft a lineup emboldened with deeper hues and ample texture — dresses were washed in brilliant reds, and cocktail confections were finished with either a touch of glitter on inky backgrounds or with black-on-black embellishment. Asymmetrical hemlines and deep necklines too pointed to some sultrier forces at work — we were spellbound by the subtle sexiness that seemed to hypnotize as it drew you in. That's what Gordon did so well here; even while finding inspiration in more subversive subjects, he didn't look to shock with his darker themes. Instead, he pulled you in ever so slowly, enticing and seducing with a contemporary balance, introducing, too, an icy palette and a touch of glitter that's beautiful and bewitching, yes, but more importantly, totally wearable.
- Trends: Leather, crop tops, sheer details, bold print, asymmetrical hemlines, lace, and flared pants.
- Colors: Mint, black, white, red, and olive.
- Key Piece: We were drawn to the subtle sex appeal of both the red and white trouser and top sets with the deep necklines.
- Accessories: Manolo Blahnik for Wes Gordon ankle-strap pointed-toe pumps.
- Who Should Wear It: We hope to see Wes Gordon fan Lena Dunham in the olive and white printed dress; Diane Kruger would look gorgeous in the embellished and textured dramatic LBD.
Its no secret that Wes Gordon has cast quite a spell on the New York fashion scene. Only a few years out of Central Saint Martins, he has not only already won a Rising Star Award, but also, he has been named as one of this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees. It's a trajectory so quick that it wouldn't be surprising if Gordon sometimes found himself wondering what kind of magical forces might be at work helping him along.
Not that he should. His Spring 2013 lineup, with its dark drama and subtly undone elegance, was plenty enchanting in its own right, and it's clear that Gordon has his own innate talent to thank for that.
"At the time, I thought I was in the chicest place in the universe," said Peter Som of his first time at New York Fashion Week as a Parsons student. In honor of that impending chicness, we spoke with him and others — veterans and newcomers alike — to hear the experiences of their first shows, their most memorable moments, and how they plan to recover after the madness of the week is over.
Pamela Love remembers being nervous the first time Anna Wintour attended one of her shows (who wouldn't be?), and Chris Benz told us about his very own House of Style moment at Marc Jacobs's Spring 2002 show. We also heard tales from Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Comey, Yigal Azrouel, Jenni Kayne, and many others. Read on for a look at their most memorable Fashion Week moments — and find out who was so starstruck by Chloe Sevigny that they offered to let her skip the bathroom line — here, in the gallery.
— Reporting by Christina Pérez
The list of finalists who will compete for the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has been released, and the 13 up-and-coming designers on it include Wes Gordon, Tabitha Simmons, and Suno's Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty. The contestants will start proving their mettle at the end of July, when they will present their collections to a panel of judges. Other challenges will include creating a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for Tiffany & Co. and presenting a show in Los Angeles. The work is worth it: last year's winner Joseph Altuzarra took home a prize of $300,000, while runners-up Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind's Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters were given $100,000. Winners of the competition are also appointed talented mentors — Diane von Furstenberg, David Neville, and Marcus Wainwright have worked with winners in the past. This year's winner and runners-up will be announced in November. Below, a look at which designers are in the running.
- Andrea Lieberman — A.L.C.
- Greg Armas — Assembly New York
- Sofia Sizzi — Giulietta
- Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, and Alina Silberman — Illesteva
- Jennifer Fisher — Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
- Jennifer Meyer Maguire — Jennifer Meyer
- Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty — Suno
- Tabitha Simmons — Tabitha Simmons
- Greg Chait — The Elder Statesman
- Wes Gordon — Wes Gordon
Photo: Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty attend the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards dinner.