Those wary of PETA should stay far away from J. Mendel’s fall 2013 collection: It was almost entirely made of fur, which isn’t a surprise since Gilles Mendel is best known for his luxe designs using exotic skins.
But the J. Mendel girl isn’t the typical fur-wearing woman we’d normally think of–this season Mendel introduced the world to the edgy, daring and tough skin-loving girl. A zip-off moto jacket which was trimmed in mink effortlessly incorporated fur as an afterthought, which was refreshing since fur usually becomes the focal point in any design. A biker jacket with a peplum made of raccoon was also a clever and subtle incorporation of skin. It was both young but luxe, edgy yet refined.
Though his outerwear was nothing less than superb it’s the J. Mendel gowns that are the house’s bread and butter. Katherine Heigl–a fan of the brand–was sitting front row eyeing which to wear to her next red carpet event. The gowns were sexy, showing modesls’ skin through a diagonal slit that went across the shoulder. But it was the lush use of velvet that really was the showstopper. It was slinky, sexy, and sensual, proving that the J. Mendel girl isn’t afraid of anyone. Bring it, PETA.