Fashion Houston Shakeup

Fashion Houston shakeup: Hot young designer fave of Lena Dunham and Michelle Obama added to lineup

Hot young designer fave of first lady added to Fashion Houston lineup

Michelle Obama wears jacket by Wes Gordon and poses with Taylor Swift
Michelle Obama wore a jacket designed by Wes Gordon to the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards. She poses with Taylor Swift. Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage

As Fashion Houston gets ready to launch its four-night extravaganza next week, officials continue to tweak the lineup of designers who will show their latest collections at the Wortham Center.

The newest addition: Wes Gordon, a 26-year-old designer who has been heralded as a "young Michael Kors" and a "modern-day Bill Blass," will show his collection on Nov. 15, the last night of Fashion Houston. Gordon will join Australian womenswear designer Johanna Johnson, menswear designer Zachary Prell and bohemian chic design label Haute Hippie to close out the evening (and week) of runway shows.

Gordon replaces French designer Sophie Theallet, who had to cancel due to a family illness. Theallet is no doubt disappointed not to keep her commitment because when I spoke with her at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week after her runway show, she was thrilled about coming to Houston, although her sense of Texas geography was a bit confused.

"I watched Dallas as a child and I have this image of Dallas so I can't wait to go there," she said.

Born in Chicago and raised in Atlanta, Gordon studied at Central Saint Martins, the prestigious London design school where Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Stella McCartney studied, and interned for Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta, before launching his own label in 2009.

His clothes, know for rich colors, custom brocades and luxe quality, have made him a red carpet favorite with such stars as Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, January Jones and Girls' star Lena Dunham, who wore a Gordon-designed malachite green duchess satin gown to the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Ball last year. “Wes’ designs have an incredible maturity that, coupled with his rowdy sense of humor, make me feel like both a lady and a tramp,” Dunham told Time magazine.

First lady Michelle Obama wore his houndstooth metallic jacket to the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards last year. 

More than a dozen designers, including Nicole Miller, Yigal Azrouel, Bibhu Mohapatra, David Peck, and Chloe Dao will show their collections at Fashion Houston, Nov. 12-15. A full list of designers is on the Fashion Houston website.