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J. Mendel at the Ballet

Designer Gilles Mendel's costumes for the New York

Designer Gilles Mendel's costumes for the New York City Ballet production of "Call Me Ben," about the life of Bugsy Siegel. (Undated) Credit: Paul Kolnik

When you think of Las Vegas in fashion terms, it’s usually lots of glitz with maybe a little trash thrown in.

Not so in designer Gilles Mendel’s vision -- at least the one he created for the New York City Ballet’s new piece “Call Me Ben” which debuted Saturday night at Lincoln Center. The costumes for the ballerinas were delicate and ethereal, finely pleated chiffon dresses in soft, muted shades of rose, blue, champagne and gray. Gorgeous, but perhaps more "Midsummer Night’s Dream" than Sin City.

The men in the piece, the story of Benjamin Siegel (better known as Bugsy) in which some of the dancers actually speak, wore tailored suits and looked somewhat more appropriate to time and place.

The good news here is that Mendel has translated some of these beautiful looks into dresses for the J. Mendel resort collection he’s launching this week. The designs will hit stores late fall  -- but please, don’t wear them to Vegas.

Gilles Mendel at the New York City Ballet's show,  "Call Me Ben," for which Mendel designed the costumes. (Getty Images)



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