2007 September 7

J. Mendel - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008

J. Mendel Spring 2008 J. Mendel Spring 2008
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(NEW YORK) For spring, J. Mendel sent out one of the week’s most dreamy collections. Designer Gilles Mendel said he aimed to create contrasts and cited Guy Bourdin’s sophisticated and risqué photography as an inspiration. But the mood that came out of the collection was romantic through and through. Chiffon, mousseline, and Chantilly lace column gowns in soft lilac, deep purple, and hot pink and poetic crêpe blouses worn with long, natural hair created a vision of ingenious rather than risky, prettiness. “I wanted the gowns to have the look of couture while keeping an idea of easy elegance clearly in sight,” said Mendel. Indeed, the clear plastic beads, oversized organza flowers, mink coats, and python belts added a more formal tone without spoiling the lightness of the ruched and hand-pleated dresses. Charlotte Tilbury created a Lauren Bacall-in-St.-Tropez-feel with the makeup, with bronze dusting on cheeks and a brown smoky eye that contributed to the overall '70s feel of the collection.