J Mendel S/S 2018 Collection Gilles Mendel brings back the jazz age with soft sensuous ruffles, eyelash lamé and burnout velvets in poppy, apricot and soft teal.
Mendel channels the glamour of the jazz age, a time when every town was a party town and every night was a fête. Bathtub gin, flappers, ruffles, fringe – spring 2018 is all about non-stop glamour. “I wanted the collection to celebrate women. The jazz age really represents the first time women were free to express themselves in ways they were previously unable to,” says Gilles Mendel. A palette of bold but subtle hues was inspired by a Francis Picabia painting, titled “Ino.”
All Mendel collections are also about season-less fur, and this spring is no exception. A long white broadtail coat is delicately pieced together with white guipure lace trim. Chinchilla is re-imagined for spring in a dusty pink color with sable scallops. Sables come in soft pale hues, while dyed pastel mink is mounted on guipure lace, giving it a feeling of softness and lightness only seen at a storied luxury house like J. Mendel. “I am consistently thinking of ways to use fur as a year-round material. This season we combined a riot of bright pale dyed furs with delicate guipure lace and velvet ribbons.” says Mendel.
A series of embroidered and sequined blouses elevate daywear to new heights. Double-faced cashmere coats with mink turn everyday into a decadent affair. One can almost hear the sounds of jazz wafting from the design studio as women celebrate these perfect looks, ready to Charleston the night away.