2012 February 12

Fall 2012: Wes Gordon, Band of Outsiders, Rafael Cennamo, Wayne

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(NEW YORK) Wes Gordon
We've had Wes Gordon on our radar for a few seasons now, and we're officially convinced that this newbie has the potential to break out to, say, Wu status if he keeps continues to do what he does best. Does he shock? No. Do we want that from him? Certainly not. What does he do? He knows how to make luxurious clothes destined to dwell very fleetingly at places like Bergdorf and Saks before getting snatched up by the impeccably dressed with an appetite for thoughtful, fresh touches of luxe. Pops of cream, whether in the form of slightly slouchy cigarette pants or vests, brought a smidge of light to an otherwise dark slew of looks, in contrast to Gordon's jewel tones of Spring. Gordon once worked for Oscar de la Renta, and his autumn collection had a refined tinge of edge described as "Rooney Mara meets Great Expectations" has a touch of Oscar (ie. a noir fur-trimmed pencil number), but he's developing his own trademark. Continue to keep your eye on this one... 

Band of Outsiders
Scott Sternberg took the reigns for Fall and galloped full speed ahead with his recent collection, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" for his Boy and Girl lines. The destination: the Western frontier! The color palette: sunset orange, evergreen, black, and faded prairie neutrals. The silhouette: For men, cuts ran the gamut from slouchy PJs and one-piece workman jumpers to vintage-inspired alpaca sweaters and modern puffers. For women, silhouettes centered around Laura Ingalls Wilder wool gauze dresses, scattered with rosebuds, mannish topcoats, hand-knit sweaters, and a sprinkling of lush fur. Yippee-ki-yay!

Rafael Cennamo
Oscar season is right around the corner with red carpet starlets on the hunt for a knockout in the dresswear category. One under-the-radar choice is Cennamo, an newcomer who launched his eponymous line in 2006, dressing A-listers like Carrie Underwood and Beyonce. This season, the New York-based designer returned to Old Hollywood glamor in a 24-dress collection. More than one look slightly missed the mark (see: the silk swiss burlap beaded gown), but others hit a homer. To wit, a midnight metallic chiffon asymmetrical gown and a sapphire backless draped floor-sweeper.

Citing sportiness and hunting as her inspiration, Wayne branched into more color this season at her early morning show. A backdrop of white, black, and gray got laced with pops of neon orange and a tomato red. A unique scooped hemline kept reappearing on silk tops, leather tunics, and even in an unconventional chunky grey knit sweater. The athletic ethos was maintained with Converse kicks paired with dresses and skinny pants alike. Speaking of pants, the snakeskin print silk trousers were certainly covetable, and track stripes down the seams kept everything looking fresh. Even the fur touches on coat sleeves looked louche and like they could easily fare an English countryside dove hunt, while the strategically-placed bits of orange on the shoulders could double as reflectors. Let the games begin!