J. Mendel- Resort 2012

"For Resort 2012, designer Gilles Mendel has created a collection that is infused with ease, elegance and understated luxury. Inspired by a trip to the Southwest, Mendel focused on the texture, beauty and drama of the desert and the canyons and translated these qualities into new ways of manipulating fabric. Delicate trims were added to cool, slouchy separates and layers of hand-frayed organza to long, sineous gowns. "I wanted to take the raw elements of nature and present them in a very cool couture-like way," says Mendel. "The ripple of the fabric like the raw edges of the canyon, the colors taken from the setting sun - everything is organic but still fresh and made for the chic urban customer."

The daywear has an American sensibility: dresses are cut in the form of a flattering short shift or drop below the knee for a more relaxed feel. A sporty color-blocked top in light wool crepe is paired with a floor-grazing silk crepe skirt for a new take on casual elegance.
Supple silk crepe and gauzy wool fabrics are paired with lacquered lattice tweed and sporty cotton/viscose. Leather is used as a luxe trim on paired-down separates and dresses.

For evening, Mendel updated his renowned silk mousseline and organza gowns with satin-faced lurex, thereby creating dramatic dresses that bear a sculpture-like quality. Embellishment comes in the form of hand-sewn bugle beads and matchstick sequins that were inspired by geological formations and cartographic designs.

The furs for resort are playful and sophisticated. They compliment the evening wear in shades of fuchsia, blush and charcoal. Alternatively the day-to-evening pieces, such as multi-color fusion fox mounted on tulle, are intended as lightweight holiday options."

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