The turnout for Wes Gordon's presentation at the Gramercy Theater last night was significantly larger than any of those prior. This could be due to his recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination, presence at the Met Ball via Lena Dunham, and/or anointing by Michelle Obama--all things that have happened in the past year.
Unfortunately, all of us anxious attendees had to wait outside in the cold rain for at least twenty minutes (longer for those who didn't arrive early) before being let in. It wasn't ideal, but at least we were all treated to something special.
The theater setting, while sumptuous, had clearly seen better days and the collection had an obvious seventies rock & roll inspiration (maybe we were all supposed to feel like we were waiting in line for a rock show?).
The overall vibe opposed that of past presentations: Instead of dignified and ceremonious, it was dark and dirty. As always, though, it was dramatic and expensive.
Opulent details (which we will miss seeing up close if/when Gordon decides to do runway) abounded and highlights included stunning brocade, gorgeous gold embroidery and colored fur stoles--a lavender one, paired with matching gloves and a turquoise brocade suit, made for an unlikely but gorgeous color combination.
Gordon has touched on this dark '70s rock'n roll glamour thing before but he's never gone this far with it--and he may have gone too far. Certain pieces, while fun to look at, were a bit over the top and costume-y.
And while there was plenty of evidence of Gordon's talent, salability was hard to find. That, perhaps, is the explanation for why Gordon's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination wasn't a win.