Several inspirations come to play for couturier Gilles Mendel as he delivers his F/W 2012 collection for the J.Mendel brand. Fondly reminiscing at a black metallic boucle suit by Courreges his mother donned when he was 14 years old, and the genius of Diana Vreeland and Helmut Newton in the pages of Vogue, Gilles Mendel remains true to 5 generations of intricate craftsmanship of light and feminine silhouettes.As I waited impatiently for the show to start, I spied with my two eyes 2 equally amazing talents, both stars in Hollywood as well as the fashion world. The Olsen Twins! Mary Kate and Ashley sat directly across me and in the same row as Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Trunfio, and numerous other celebrities and fashion socialites. I thought if the audience was an indication of what one can expect from the show, then it surely will be awe-inspiring!
Furs have been the foundation of J.Mendel and this season proves why the house is synonymous to luxury and finely tailored fur, all woven intricately into ready to wear creations. Textures come in forms of fine embroidery, leather, and the most tantalizing alligator skins. This season J.Mendel evokes several inspirations from the 1920’s as well which lends well to the theme of luxury and opulence. Also this season, J.Mendel introduced for the first time a handbag designed by the house- a crocodile bag accented with mink and alpaca furs.
J.Mendel was truly an unforgettable show, from one ensemble to the next one was mesmerized by the luxurious feel it invokes, a true testament to the house and Gilles Mendel for steering it in the right direction.