Wes Gordon brings edginess to his Spring designs

Associated Press Modified: September 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm •  Published: September 10, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Spring isn't all sweetness and light, says Wes Gordon. Spring needs some bite. It needs some edge.

That's why Gordon, a wunderkind of New York fashion at only 26, has plenty of black in his Spring 2013 collection, along with more springlike colors of ice blue, ivory and bright red.

Want edge? How about a black feathered tank, embroidered with tulle and encrusted with bits of Swarovski crystal? Or some gray metallic cigarette pants, skintight and also crystal-studded?

Gordon, who only graduated in 2009 from London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, had a clear sense of theme when asked to define his collection, which he presented Monday on Manhattan's far west side.

"She's a high priestess," he said of the woman he's dressing. "A woman who's powerful, alluring and feminine, but at the same time dark and sinister."

Gordon also likes a certain ghostlike quality — the ghostlike voice of singer Kate Bush hovered on the soundtrack as he spoke — and hence he peppers his collection with lots of transparent garments, as in a sheer black lace blouse, with long sleeves that travel down way past the fingers.

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