Spring line features Wes Gordon designs at N.Y. show
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[September 11, 2018] Herrera,
79, whose timeless designs were worn by five first
ladies, handed creative directorship of the label to
American designer Wes Gordon in February.
Gordon, who worked with the Venezuelan-born Herrera for a year,
said "she wanted to be surprised today when she saw the
collection. So this is her first time seeing everything."
The collection, with plaids, florals and bold prints, "is about
a woman who is not a wallflower, who's looking for beautiful
happy colors when she opens her wardrobe in the morning," he
"I think the world needs a little more joy, and your wardrobe is
a very good place to start."
For inspiration, he turned to old pictures of Herrera in search
of the pulse of the house.
Using specialized fabrics, deep colors and bold prints in
addition to the traditional pastels of Spring, Gordon said he
"played with the classic Herrera cotton shirt."
"We make the most perfect white shirt. We wanted to show a lot
of different tweaks and variations on that today, so we took
that fabric and we did everything from little smocked dresses to
polka dot combinations.
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"And then the embroideries ... it really is an embroidery house
creating these pieces that are really American culture."
Celebrities filled the show, among fashion week's hottest tickets,
held at the New York Historical Society.
Martha Stewart, former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara
Bush, fashion world doyenne Anna Wintour and socialite Nicky Hilton
Rothschild were on hand.
New York Fashion Week, previewing the latest looks for Spring 2019,
concludes on Wednesday with a party in the borough of Brooklyn
featuring pop superstar Rihanna's Savage x Fenty lingerie line.
(Writing by Chris Michaud)
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