Inspired by the Baroque style of Dorothy Draper, Gilles Mendel infused the interior decorator’s sensibility into his collection. He showed color-blocked, printed and paneled short dresses that were loosely belted at the waist and featured details such as pleating or revealing vents. He pushed this look further into evening with great long column gowns, many with sequined embroidering, plunging necklines and high side slits for added sex appeal. His furs, done in mink, goat and alpaca, had a cloudlike effect, appearing on small boleros and vests. There were a few misfires in the form of dresses with cutaway hemlines, but despite the minor transgression, Mendel turned out a great collection for spring.

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