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J. Mendel’s Lingering Vision of Beauty

Gilles Mendel envisioned the subtle words from the poem “Ma Sirène” by Robert Desnos, while designing the 2014 Resort Collection. “That blue siren, that beautiful woman underwater… that’s what I was thinking about.” Lingering in his thoughts was a light whimsical undertone which Mendel used to translate the poems message into this collection.


How he translated vision into design

Visually, the sheer organza responded well to Mendel’s special architectural shapes and silhouettes. Lightweight cocktail dresses move fluidly through the air and hints of pearlized pastel hues shine and take center stage. Previously avoiding the use of stripes – Mendel decided to throw caution to the wind, and incorporate abstract chromatic opaque and transparent stripes into this collection. The decision successfully created elegant linear illusions in his gowns.



Stripes, paired with slightly oversize quarter sleeved outerwear covered up mid-calf mesh dresses. Long sleeved gowns made of silk trail the floor – while a two toned double-layered pleated halter dress exploded with movement.


This collection could be wanted amongst both sets of the simplistic and the complex women for that special night out. It has just the right amount of concept without being over bearing and drowning out the design. The dress lengths were proportioned well for a woman’s body – able to captivate a wide range of consumers. Proper choice of fabrics also contributed in finalizing each look.


The cut out white gown with the romantic godet as well as the black striped transparent floor length maxi will glide down red carpet events to come. Simple but intricate designs added to the bodice gains appreciation for detailing. Mid-calf pleated skirts were balanced throughout the collection making it a bit flirty. A single mesh sequined cropped top combined with shimmering pink trousers were among the designs which I enjoyed. Alluring high slit dresses always have great appeal, especially when done tastefully. Given that sheer accents have been on the scene for quite some time, I could see a few of these pieces being the next desired red carpet look. Wonderfully executed!



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Written by Manny King John

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