J. Mendel Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Collection – New York Fashion Week
J. Mendel’s fall/winter 2019 collectionwas unveiled at New York Fashion Week with the expected amount of glam and upscale design. Gilles Mendel has been styling his ensembles for more appeal across the board. J. Mendel’s gowns are next-level beautiful, the amount of detail, the intricacy of it all always being just right, and never overdone.
There is not one thing or another; there are so many different options in each dress so that each and every dress has a lot to fall in love with. Everything is done to perfection, and all the different lengths, textures, styles and materials are just so incredibly well designed.
And then there are the coats. Oh my, the beauty of the coats in the J. Mendel fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection is not only on par with the dresses and gowns; in some cases the coats may even be a bit better. I feel like that should have been said in a stage whisper, as though the dresses are being upstaged.
The coats do not outright upstage the dresses, but each item individually is just the perfect example of a beautiful work. There is one concern regarding the collection and that is the pairing of the dresses with the coats. Pairing incredibly detailed dresses with long embroidered coats is a bit of a problem because so much of the work is covered up.
In some cases the appearance of the clothes seemed impossibly beautiful; how can that much detail exist in a single ensemble? Talent that is nearly on par with actual magic, that’s how! The fur coats are an unbelievable set of soft, luxe beauty paired with another item of completely amazing detail.
The bonus is that this is a true representation of what works for fall and winter glamour. It is warm, beautiful and practical. No beauty is sacrificed for practicality, and both needs are met 100%. In a city known for blizzards and cold weather, it is a godsend for a designer to give us cold weather options during New York Fashion Week for winter and fall collections that are indisputably art.
Finally, the statement from Mendel that “floor-length gowns start to feel a little old” is a sentiment that has been echoed several times by more current generations. There simply are not enough reasons to wear a full floor-length gown and variety is what is on deck right now and a very big trend. As such the inclusion of so many different lengths and silhouettes really works for the current fashion climate.
What works for the audience turns into dollars for the designer and makes it possible for us to see much of what we like. The J. Mendel fall/winter 2019 collection works beautifully well and it will be exciting once everything goes on sale.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
TheJ. Mendel spring 2019 ready-to-wear collectionfeatured 29 very detailed looks that covered everything from comfortable, professional looks to floor-length dramatic evening ready dresses. The looks for spring were clearly very fitted and very feminine. Some of the looks creative director Giles Mendel showed were clearly for business, while others were for a fun day out in the spring sunshine. Across the collection, every look was very intricately designed to provide a lot of different textures and a well-structured appearance.
The overall initial impression is that Giles Mendel decided to take on not only the sheer trend, but also the cut out trend with a very serious eye for detail. Shades of sunny yellow, bright periwinkle blue, white, light pink, black and red adorned this collection fabulously.
There are cute shrugs and sheer peplum jackets and even laser-cut fur coats and tops. The silhouettes in the J. Mendel spring/summer 2019 collection are fantastic and flattering and appear to be designed to fashionably take on every temperature change that the spring season is known to produce.
The fur coat with wide collar features fur rosettes across the collar, down from closure at the front and in three even rows across the hem and cuffs. The striped design in the majority of the coat creates an interesting texture and allows for the sheer stripes to show without either texture overpowering the other.
One of the best features being seen on the runway this season is the use of useable, actual pockets on dresses that do not alter the lines or fit of the dress. It is excellent to know that Giles Mendel has included this feature in many of his spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection dresses.
There were 11 floor-length gowns in this collection and none of them looked similar to the other. In fact, not a single piece within this collection majorly mimics another, everything is unique and beautifully, impeccably done.
There are a lot of see-through options included in the line-up, as well as a lot of prints. The ensembles for spring that feature prints have more than one print aligned with another to make an interesting visual combination on a variety of items, like the boot-cut pants and visually stimulating matching top that is white with a pattern in the center and strategic cut outs near the neck.
There are so many stand-out details and such creativity in the J. Mendel spring 2019 runway collection that it is hard to choose a favorite. There are so many truly wearable items that the collection could be considered nothing if not a full, intriguing and beautiful success.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
TheJ. Mendel Couture fall/winter 2019collectionwas Giles Mendel’s couture debut and it certainly had us questioning things. There was slightly more of a ready-to-wear aspect to it overall from the vibes we got but some of these pieces are definitely worth investing in.
The practicality of the pieces we might have a problem with though; who has ever heard of fur clothing that does not cover the shoulders? Normally that’s the first area of the body that we protect from a chill, and since fur is meant to protect said body, it has us scratching our heads.
And then of course there was the whole Russian sable infused with 24-karat gold that seemed to just float about as the models sashayed onto stage. It was quite artistic and the focus on fur was certainly something we can appreciate.
With this incredibly crafted and newsworthy debut couture collection, Mendel has also managed to create a bridge between the place he was born, Paris, and where he has built up his business today, New York.
What we saw on the J. Mendel Couture fall 2019 collection was a whole lot of goodness. From graphic beaded patterns on sheaths and evening gowns to hand-stitched labels featuring the Empire State building, Paris written in block letters as added detailing and a whole lot of fur, an ode to his furrier father who taught him the trade, there was a certain magnificence to it all that a simple ready-to-wear collection can never have, the hand creations apparent with nearly every design presented on the Paris Couture Fashion Week.
Mink and sable were a favorite fur of choice, the former used in shaved format and through small and smaller squares that were stitched together to pull off the Haring style swirls that came together as a grid. The extravagance of each pieces is not to be underestimated, nor the exquisite nature of the work done in bringing the imagination to life.
While they might not be there to keep you warm per se, the fur stitched to tulle ideal certainly has its appeal, particularly when it is used to create peek a boo evening coat. As for the use of gold, those buttons that kept the different parts of the fur together were made of brass and/or 24 karat gold, looking as if we had some studded fur on that stage.
Add in some invisible corsets with each off-the-shoulder look and we have beauty beyond compare. Of course, with those studded fur pieces, it was rather strange that arms and different windows could be technically peeled off – a little jarring perhaps among the rest of the lovely designs.
Perhaps the best piece of news received through this show though was that the couture collections are to be a permanent fixture, adding J. Mendel to the list of newcomers in this year’s Paris Couture Fashion Week. Now, we’re just waiting to see what lovely designs Mendel’s thought of for the spring/summer 2019 season, to be showcased in New York come this September!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Fifth-generation atelier J. Mendel might not be still primarily located in Paris, but its French creative director Gilles Mendel celebrates the same values and legacy his father, grandfather and great-great-grandfather supported beforehand. Showcased at New York Fashion Week just a few hours ago, theJ. Mendel fall/winter 2019-17 ready-to-wear collection stays true to both the label’s classic legacy and iconic Art Decò references. Gilles Mendel remained true to his ‘fur reinvention’, as he is probably mostly known for his quirky ways of adding fur embellishments to the luxurious J. Mendel proposals.
What did not change at all is the atelier’s lightness and versatility in style, which make it possible for anyone wearing J. Mendel to both play with colors and look effortlessly chic at the same time. Giles, who showed his very first fall collection at New York Fashion Week in 2004, has so far demonstrated his terrific skills of working with totally different kinds of materials, from his signature fur to chiffon, wool and even tweed. This time, offering quite sexier designs, Giles not only enjoyed playing with different materials, but made sure all the different lines and cuts one could ever think of were included within his fall 2019 collection.
For the J. Mendel FW 2019-17 RTW collection, Gilles named Tamara de Lempicka and Sheila Metzner as his biggest sources of inspiration, because “both artists celebrated beauty and elegance, and they both loved flowers.” Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka began working on her paintings while overwhelmed with a strong Cubist influence, just to quickly develop her skills and become one of the leading female representatives of the Art Decò style both in Europe and the United Stated of America. She displayed her works in some of the most important elite salons of her era, inspiring Mendel to add some effortlessly sophisticated early Twentieth century vibes to the J. Mendel collection.
Given the fact that flowers and, more generally speaking, nature played a huge role in Art Decò, Tamara couldn’t exempt herself from portraying floral motifs, which exuded power and delicacy thanks to their fluid lines and strong contrasts. J. Mendel’s latest collection follows a similar path, as most of its proposals mix sharp cuts (look at those front and side slits!) with sinuous lines and strong contrasting motifs, which often become color-blocked patterns.
Gilles also enjoyed combining geometrical cuts with floral patterns, juxtaposing layers, cut-outs and structured tops to the waists and upper parts of the bodies. To accentuate such contrasts, he opted for alternating sleek fabrics with soft textures and even intricate lace embroideries, which of course display floral patterns too. Gilles enjoyed also portraying Tamara de Lempicka’s androgynous side, matching bottom-down shirts with solid-colored mannish trousers.
As for Sheila Metzner, Gilles managed to elicit the photographer’s ability to capture the innocence and sensual natures enveloped in her photographs, translating this to mermaid dresses, lavish fur attachments and curve-hugging jumpsuits, the plunging-V necklines and fluid ensembles being a pure pleasure to watch. Focusing on bare shoulders, he also managed to play with a more mysterious and elegant kind of sensuality, enshrining Art Decò’s true essence within a 46-piece collection.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
An important thing to note aboutJ. Mendel’s spring/summer 2019 ready-to-wear collectionis that things aren’t always what they seem. Through the first half of his collection, the fur designer played with abstract patterns in a black and white color scheme, without any hint of moving away from that aesthetic. However, the pattern was rudely interrupted by a nearly all-electric-blue ensemble – and it worked.
While his collection was predominately black and white, the colors mixed in did wonders for the presentation, and for the overall success of the collection. While Gilles Mendel didn’t do much as far as overall garment variety goes, I found no problems with his almost all-dress collection. He experimented with many different lengths in varying fabrics and patterns, presenting one show-stopping look after another.
Some looks unfortunately missed the mark, and it seems to be in the places that were, quite literally, underdressed. Mendel presented two wrap skirts paired with bandeau tops, and the skirts may have been very well executed, but they would have been able to be appreciated more if they had been sent down the runway with a more professional top than the apparent “club wear” vibe that seemed forced. Other than that hiccup, it’s hard to even note the highlights of the show. The prints were beautiful and utilized in smart ways, and would make anyone long for a day on the beach with a margarita in hand.
The first gown of the show featured a high slit with a larger, black and white abstract print, inspired by Japanese woodblock. The cleanness of the cut and the way the dress hung on the model made me wish I had the same dress in my closet – or on me, instead!
And the dresses didn’t cease to impress the audience, either. A black and white abstract print gown in a flowing chiffon wrapped around the model’s body, followed by yet another cleanly cut, floating beauty in blue. The second dress set precedent for a wave of same fabric, uniquely cut dresses that can be viewed in the pictures. If I could take the space, I would love to explain each one in detail, taking care to note the beauty and uniqueness of each one’s color, bust and hemline, and the way it moved on the runway. If the opportunity presented itself, I would gladly have many of J. Mendel’s garments in my closet.
As a fur designer, Mendel is really in a different realm for a spring/summer collection. But that didn’t stop him from adding in a touch of his niche. A turquoise and black fur vest topped a barely visible, pleated turquoise dress.
“For the plane?” Mendel said with a wink. Of course, he had to add in some fur to the J. Mendel spring 2019 collection. It would have been more surprising for the designer to have omitted it altogether, so in a way he is sating both himself and his clients. We’ll all just have to wait for his fall collection to pull out all the stops for fur coats (and whatever else he can come up with).
Photos courtesy of Vogue
It is the eternal glamour of the New York City nightlife that seems to have inspired Giles Mendel, son of Jacques Mendel, of the eponymous J. Mendel fashion house for hisJ. Mendel fall/winter 2015-2019 collection. Apprenticing under such a father cannot have been easy, but Giles Mendel knew how to hold his own and brought the Paris fur salon to New York by establishing the first boutique at Elizabeth Arden’s Fifth Avenue Salon. The fur collection would gain in fame soon enough and would serve to become a favourite among the chicest that Manhattan had borne. A fifth generation company established on the premises of extraordinary luxury, J. Mendel offers exceptional quality and unparalleled style, characteristics not found on every designer in the United States of America.
Giles Mendel’s expertise lies in the manipulation of luxury fabrics in unexpected ways but still keeping to a rather high level of craftsmanship that may not have been foreseen by customer and investor alike. He makes his pieces timeless, on the cutting edge of fashion and exquisite to behold. The fashion has been established well and has broadened its presence to include cities such as Berlin, Hong Kong, Kiev, Cairo, Athens and Zurich. It is a distinguished furrier that we can expect to find on an international level and one, which has done an incredible job with putting together its J. Mendel fall/winter 2015-2019 collection for the New York Fashion Week. The pieces presented have been beautiful to behold and quite edgy, what with the see through mesh blouses and all.
While the show began with a black and white number in velvet and fringe over a pair of trousers and knee high black leather boots, that is certainly not what it finished with. We loved how it moved into a dress wherein the sleeves left the shoulders and upper arms open, the keyhole slit on the chest giving us a sliver of skin to enjoy and the slit up the middle ensuring we saw enough thigh, considering the midi length of the piece itself and the knee high boots worn underneath. Fringed scarves seemed to find their own way to dominate the runway, worn under black and white floral patterned coats, as sashes around the waist or ties around the neck vet better effect. And then we ran into the evening gowns that seemed to look like nightgowns of the rich, with their sheer lace and the deep plunging necklines, the thin spaghetti straps and the gentle flow of the fabric over a woman’s silhouette.
Perhaps the most intriguing of all was the use of sheer black mesh tops with velvet collars rucked into midi length, high waist skirts with buttons down the middle, with a fur coat thrown on top for some warmth. Those tops appear a few times over within the collection, though it looks especially amazing with the longer red midi skirt with the skit up the middle and the ankle length fur coat thrown on top, a red silk fringed scarf around the neck and red and black velvet handbag carried along the way. We fell in love with the J. Mendel fall/winter 2015-2019 collection from the start and will probably be reviewing these pieces time and again to try and decide on which piece is the most appealing among the 46 presented today.
Photos courtesy of Style.com
The modern, glamorous and quirkyJ. Mendel spring/summer 2015 collectionjust unveiled atNew York Fashion Week spring 2015is the result of the exciting collaboration between the brand’s creative director Gilles Mendel and famous artist Enoc Perez. “We were interested in playing with luscious textures and color, while keeping the lines very architectural and sleek,” the designer revealed talking about the mood of his spring collection. It did, actually, contain lots of artistic vibes and a creative mishmash of textures, colors and shapes together making the newest J. Mendel spring 2015 designs so memorable and wow-worthy. From luxurious fur pieces and modern chic daytime outfits to elegant gowns ready to charm everyone around, the newest collection of Gilles Mendel has everything for polishing the style of a modern fashioniser!
From the very first look demonstrated the touch of Perez’s artistic brush could be felt on the collection, as the opening looks brought some stunning prints and patterns giving life and interest to those fab mini dresses in black and white, and the puffy fur coat and jacket. The unexpected cuts, drapings, slits and transparency details are what came to secure the absolute chic looks of the coming refined white dresses. The same artistic abstract prints were used on a couple of other looks too, like the cute one-shoulder mini dress featuring black, platinum gray and green shades.
Fur played an important role in the J. Mendel spring/summer 2015 collection, coming in unexpected hues and shapes, like the creative lemon fur crop top worn over a chic mini dress with intricate beadwork. Then we saw a unique blue fur coat cut in the tuxedo style and another blue and pink one (the same style could be spotted in gray and red too) with an artistic vibe. The texture plays didn’t stop here, as we also saw lots of leather, chiffon, cotton and beaded materials combined together quite unexpectedly, making every single design presented utterly dramatic and one-of-a-kind.
Pleats, slits and airy designs were what the J. Mendel stunning eveningwear stood for. There were a couple of beautiful chiffon gowns mixing a few colors put in the geometric manner, as well as coming with lots of delicate pleats and bold high slits. In lien with these there were also stunning cocktail dresses, ones in the same airy style, and some unique pieces with prints, bright colors, one-shoulder designs and bold silhouettes.
In terms of accessories, the looks were finished off with identical heels and flats put in different hues to look harmonious with the outfits. Those were point-to killer shoes having pretty high chances to become the next trending items in the fashion world. Some small bags in various hues were other complementing details. The models hair was sleek put in elegant ponytails, while the makeup was in the classic style.
The J. Mendel spring/summer 2015 collection is a stunning source of inspiration for all those looking for the unconventional, cool and dramatic! It has every single detail to help you look modern chic and artistic!
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK
If you are a great fan of amazing and extremely body-flattering dresses and chic outerwear garments like the fur coats, then theJ. Mendel fall/winter 2014-2015 collectionis simply made for you!New York Fashion Weekintroduced just another wonderful surprise for us, coming as a blinding array of creativity and absolute chic.
Thus, first of all it’s the striking range of fur pieces that makes us ahh and ohh from the first up to the last option demonstrated. The most significant and matchless aspect about these options are the stunning color interpretations, put within shades of astounding red, and matched with darker tones. The curious color blocking with bordeau, black, red, and grey is the most creative thing the designer could opt for!
The super interesting variety of the one-shoulder and knee-length dresses created with the most incredible textures and designs is the following amazing hit of the J. Mendel fall/winter 2014-2015 collection. The same can be said about the black and white color patterns for the following exemplars of fur outerwear. The stunning laser cuts are the next descriptive element of this collection, used for such garments as the dress of navy blue shade and nice body-flattering design.
The strapless floor-length black dress with cuts is the following impressive option of the J. Mendel fall/winter 2014-2015 collection show. The same can be said about the combinations of the shimmery textures with the fur elements.
However, the mega hit of the line comes with the array of floor-length dresses, the first out of which is an amazing variant with a chiffon made split also having a pleated texture. The alluring navy blue shade of this option is the next remarkable detail.
The classic black and white couldn’t but be here too, complemented with a deep V-neck for the white top. The impressive asymmetrical hems represent the following memorable design solution of the dresses, which come in khaki green and electric blue shades. The striking cutouts for the following options with cool drapings can’t but be noted here, too, used for some breathtaking one-shoulder dresses with cuts on the back and the greenish chiffon floor-length wonder. The mystique black stunner is also here, followed with amazing all pleated looks of awe-inspiring navy blue, khaki green, white, and black variants.
So yes, the luxurious and feminine suggestions are never over, especially if it’s the J. Mendel fall/winter 2014-2015 collection!
Video: J Mendel Spring 2015 Runway Show
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