Chloé Mendel has grown up around fur — mink, sable, Persian lamb. Her father is Gilles Mendel of J. Mendel, the designer ready-to-wear collection that he spun out of his family’s fur atelier, founded in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the 1870s. It’s no surprise then that Chloé has decided to go into the family trade, though her medium may come as a shock. Her new collection, called Maison Atia, is made entirely of fakes.
Mendel’s decision to design using exclusively faux fabrics sourced from Italy and France and produced in New York is no political, anti-fur statement. “Not at all,” she said during a preview of the collection with her business partner Gustave Maisonrouge in Maison Atia’s garment center studio. “It’s basically me celebrating my heritage in a way I can do well. I wanted to make something that was fun and that was more accessible and inclusive to everyone. I really felt like I could transform fake fur into an elevated product.”
As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the best party photos of the year. First up, newlyweds Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra in black tie at Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show in September.
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“Sand, summer, sea,” is how designer Sarah Staudinger describes of the beginnings of her latest collection for Staud, writes @elmercer.
Summer was encapsulated through an array of adorable picnic inspired garb in poppy hues like tablecloth gingham compact knit playsuits and matching sets and plenty of crudite-emblazoned offerings. The best foodie-looks included a salad printed waffle minidress with matching cardigan or a matching neon green knit set with fringe made of mini glass lemons (and matching croakies). #wwdfashion
With a litany of sold-out collabs, a history-making debut show for Louis Vuitton men’s and armfuls of awards, Virgil Abloh is WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year. 📸: @lexieblacklock .