“Get ready for the era of Herrera,” the Carolina Herrera’s team wrote on their Instagram ahead of its spring 2019 show. The announcement came just before the famed designer shared with her audiences the news that she is taking a new job in her company as global brand ambassador, and Wes Gordon is becoming creative director. Gordon, who served as a creative consultant for the brand before being promoted proved that even spring’s most cliché of motifs — polka dots, florals, broderie anglaise — are timeless for a reason, not to mention the visual language of Herrera herself.
Gordon’s first collection focused on vivid and vibrant ideas, and shapes that were big on movement and freedom. It was a confident and youthful debut. Gordon injected the collection with youthful design flourishes (bright floral appliques, looser silhouettes) and more youthful hemlines. The collection felt fun and joyful with a strong commercial lean.
Of his decision to see fashion on the upswing, Gordon told Vogue, “Everyone right now is dissecting what American fashion should be. I think a part of that — that America has the potential to do so well — is [to] take that fantasy and glamour, and also marry it with the everyday. In a way that’s still enticing and exciting and wonderful.”
Seeing the glass half full is a good starting point, for sure, but Gordon has set the bar very high for anyone else who’d like to look at the bright side of things for a change.
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