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We always love wrapping up our New York Fashion Week with J. Mendel, and this season was no exception. New York was getting pelted with snow and ice outside, but inside the theater of Lincoln Center, J. Mendel just keeps throwing lux fashion ensembles at us.
Recalling the late 70s, the designer made us nostalgic for the nights of Studio 54 and Bianca Jagger. This fall/winter collection is heavy on black and white with traces of rich earth tones for a decadent balance to a number of shift dresses in textured lurex jacquard and silk twill. Ecru/noir wool jackets made their debut with deeply luxurious silver fox fur shawl collars and black quilted leather trim, all belted to cinch the waist and up the chic factor.
Chevron stripes and pressed floral and cobweb lace make a regular appearance throughout the collection, and eveningwear was also reminiscent of the disco era with tons of asymmetrical one-shoulder bodices, airy silk chiffon gowns with drastic cutouts and thigh-high slits. One particular piece that left us breathless was the black and pearl chevron intarsia mink dolman sleeve jacket. We could play all day in this dreary cold weather with that beauty to keep us warm and not have a single complaint!