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J. Mendel’s covetable fall/winter 2016 collection hit the runway last week, capping off New York Fashion Week with the typical glamour associated with the brand. Drawing inspiration from fashionable Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka and homespun photographer Sheila Metzner, head designer Gilles Mendel combined bold colors, luxurious textures, and sensuous styles into his latest work.
Fur and chiffon flowed off the shoulders of models in a combination of weight and airiness. Geometric cutouts added interest to subtle looks, tiered dresses reappeared in layered mink coats, and thigh-high slits added an edge to the sophisticated collection. Standout pieces included a bright red high-necked column gown, blossoming with Metzner’s calla lilies; a silver-glazed banded caban coat; a spruce-green cross mink coat with a silver fox collar; and a garnet-red jacket with dyed fox-fur cuffs.