Tuesday, September 15, 2009
J. Mendel 2010 Spring/Summer Collection
In his show notes, Gilles Mendel said he wanted to keep his silhouette “sharp and modern,” a surprising mandate for a designer best known for elegant furs and sweeping gowns. But here's what's even more surprising: Mendel worked an edge into several of his evening pieces, as in short double-face satin cocktail dresses with curved seam details, creating a collection that worked seamlessly.
Rather than flowy, these pieces were structured and chic. For furs, Mendel adopted a lighter touch, offering a mink and a fox-strip jacket cut close to the body, which made sense paired with narrow satin skirts. And “day,” Mendel noted, “should still feel special. Like an occasion.” He rose to that with a few knockout suits- skinny ivory sateen pants and thigh-grazing shorts topped with sexy silk cotton jackets. The colours, as well as fabrics, were also lovely to look at- pale blues and yellows, rose; tulle and organza.