Gilles Mendel delivered a gorgeous bouquet of abstract floral prints to his runway Wednesday afternoon, that, while truly feminine, did not take away from that subtle undercurrent of high luxe edge that is his signature.
Inspired by photographs of the Kawachi Fuji garden in Japan, wisteria, water lily and tiger lilies were central themes. Airy, elaborately constructed chiffon pleated tea-length dresses and gowns fluttered gracefully as models walked.
Sometimes Mendel did a balancing act. A delicate wisteria printed twill skirt was topped by a chestnut leather trapeze top … great. Or Mendel’s version of the lace trend — a leather top and skirt ensemble laser cut into an ornate lace pattern.
Mendel, who is a furrier, offered lightweight tunic tops in color-block mink that could be worn facing forward or back (depends on your mood, we guess) and velvet mink hot-pants that in his program notes, were described as “a playful expression of unapologetic luxury.” Yep.
As for colors — blushy tones, bright orange and shades of purple prevailed. However, be warned, while extremely pretty, this is a gutsy collection and definitely not for the shrinking violet.