The Clothes: Finally, the spring collections are starting to bloom. J. Mendel delivered a collection that can best be summed up simply as beautiful. His signature gowns were positively lush; the last three chiffon dresses closing the show were breathtaking, each with different takes on organza floral detailing. Though the the show opened with flowing, vaguely 70s gowns, shorter, more fitted dresses offered a youthful and modern touch. There were some flirty florals, but also a standout leather lace v-neck with drop waist that appeared in two shades of blue. Tailoring was on point. A bright orange floral printed pants suit with matching printed blouse made a bold statement. And, of course, Mendel manages to work in fur, even for spring. A multicolored mink jacket zipped to appear as a top paired with a breezy, pleated skirt in olive was absurdly luxe without feeling too serious.
The Hair & Makeup: The hair was down with loose waves and combed back out of the face. Girls had a healthy, subtly dewy glow with lightly lined eyes and peachy-nude lips.
The Soundtrack: Uplifting electronic music/remixes.
The Vibe: Despite the sub-zero blasting air conditioning, the vibe was unmistakeably romantic, optimistic and lush.
The Front Row: Elisabeth Moss, BryanBoy, Lauren Remington Platt, Caroline Issa, Waris Ahluwalia.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain
What the line sheet said: “Inspired by photographs of the Kawachi Fuji garden in Japan, designer Gilles Mendel cites wisteria as a primary reference, informing colors, textures and original prints.”