‘It’s a New York fashion week unlike any other, that’s for sure,” says Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon, gazing out to the “grey” city beyond his office windows. In normal times, the Big Apple would be buzzing, and Gordon would be deep in preparations for the label’s show, always a particularly high-octane occasion. This year, things would have been extra glamorous because the house of Herrera is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
But we are where we are. Besides, as far as brand exposure goes, perhaps nothing could quite beat what happened on Sunday, when Meghan Markle chose a custom dress, which Gordon had made for her two years ago, to wear in an artfully nonchalant, California-luxe portrait taken to announce that she is expecting her second child.
“I’m so happy for their family, it’s such exciting news,” says Gordon. He and Meghan go back a long way. She once said that she was “obsessed” with his “beautiful, glorious, effortlessly sexy” clothes in a post on The Tig, the blog she wrote in her pre-Harry days. Before Gordon got the top job at Herrera, she sat on the front row for the autumn/winter 2015 show for his eponymous brand.