Gilles Mendel exhibited great ease with rather complicated construction and details, fusing structure and fluidity for his J.Mendel collection. He took his cue from artist Sheila Hicks, accenting chiffon, tulle and lace gowns with wrapped cords, mixed textures and corsets. Mendel’s leather and python looks, including dresses and a coat over micro raffia shorts, added to the architectural drama. Aside from the pale gray Chantilly lace and a bold floral-printed silk gazar, it was the deep toned palette (heron blue, navy, brick and merlot) that enriched the day, evening and fur looks.

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