Interview- J. Mendel-At J. Mendel atelier and headquarters in NY viewing the Fall 2012 collection-exclusive

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Elegance, refinement, luxury. I associate closely with those three words  and would also use them to  describe J.Mendel’s creations. I had the privilege to visit Gilles Mendel at his atelier and the headquarters in New York to view the Fall 2012 collection, just two days after his New York show. As well as having a Marilyn moment with the designer above I got to browse through the entire Fall collection and have a chat with Gilles. Amongst all the collections in NY fashion week Mendel’s collection stood out for me as I find it very wearable for different age groups, diverse professions as well as for day or night wear. Lots of white and neutral colours make it quite a soft classic collection without forgetting some very strong looks, mostly in black and some maxi dresses that are sheer but overall it’s a very user friendly collection. There are some designs that can definitely be worn for the red carpet, not traditional Mendel red carpet dresses but more younger, upbeat versions giving the red carpet the cool factor. I loved inspecting the clothes. As you can imagine seeing them on the runway on models is not the same as seeing it in person or on yourself. Certain tops are structured corsets and fit incredibly. The Mendel coat is a definitive investment piece…you will wear it for years to come and perhaps pass it on to your daughters? The chiffon blouses are a must buy, so easily worn and again a must have in one’s wardrobe. All the trousers are an amazing fit and the leather ones a treat. The pleated skirts of different lengths  are a clever addition to any wardrobe. Don’t forget that this is all TOP quality. Enough of me chatting and boring you- I leave you to scroll down and see J.Mendel’s atelier, his inspirations for this collection and the fascinating process of how  fashion collections come together. Btw, before I forget- the shoes are by Manolo Blahnik.

The mood board for this collection was a Vogue fashion story shot by Helmut Newton through  Diana Vreeland’s vision on the grounds of Gaudi’s Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona

This light brown ensemble of shirt and trousers is so incredible, accessorised here with a fur jacket or why not a simple blazer or cardigan?

The mood boards for the materials used in the collection: cashmere, wool, fox, silk, crocodile…

Where all the magic gets made


My favourite editorial piece…I am sure we will be seeing this in a range of editorial shoots- starting with Vogue perhaps?
The chiffon see-through blouses really work with outfits, white or black or brown, to be worn with a lace bra or without, depending on the occasion. The black fur gilet is perfect for combining to achieve a dressed down, urban look. I played around and made this outfit: black blouse, white pleated skirt and fur gilet. I was thinking 50′s good girl meets Emanuelle. Giles said: “Is that my clothes  you are wearing?” “But of course!” I replied. “Well take a picture then to give example of how to wear it”! Very sweet…I will style for you whenever you want! 

The range of bags that J Mendel is launching, made from different leathers and in some cases lined with fur

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