NYFW: Wes Gordon debuts his first collection at New York Fashion Week as Carolina Herrera's new creative director

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Carolina Herrera may have stepped down from her namesake line just this past February, but the influence of the beloved Venezuelan fashion designer is clearly felt. Monday morning's runway show at New York Fashion Week showcased a sweet spin on the brand's latest direction, a fresh mashup between Carolina's authentic looks and new creative director Wes Gordon's vision.

For Gordon and his new title, it's not about rebranding or "reinventing the wheel."

"It’s just about embracing the face that we can be a brand where you come and see something that’s really beautiful," the 31-year-old explained to Vogue three days before his Spring/Summer 2019 runway debut. "It’s being mindful of doing that in a way that’s relevant to a woman in 2019 and beyond, and just embracing happy."

And beautiful it was.

While flirty gowns helped culminate the show, Gordon's take on the Herrera girl was evidently a bit more daring. Gone were the floor-length dresses and a-line skirts: Instead, models showed some skin with mini skirts, thigh-high slits and bare midriffs.

And while Herrera was known for her classic colors and unornamented designs, Gordon floated a myriad of patterned pieces down the runway, which were further amplified by bold ruffles, yellows and reds. However, he did uphold the many Carolina Herrera classics that were instrumental in her success: collars, polka dots and off-the-shoulder silhouettes to name a few.

It's only the first season for the young designer, but he's hit the ground running and already bringing his colorful vision to life. We can't wait to see what Gordon has in store for the brand.

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