J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection: Decked Out in Decadence

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection

Inspired by the geometric color-play of the Ballet Ruses, the J. Mendel Fall 2014 collection came forth, from start to finish, with uncommon creations that ooze luxury and desirability in the truest sense of the words. Epically vivid, wild furs; mixed materials and exotic skins of all kinds; finely quilted black leather; and gowns and party dresses of perfectly executed macramé lace: it really doesn’t get much snobbier than this.

While Gilles Mendel’s foray into ready-to-wear has proved nothing short of flawless, fur is still where J. Mendel truly shines. With a palette of rich, saturated, addictive jewel tones, set against natural, neutral shades in many cases, blanket coats are topped with the lushest elements you could dream up. Like a scarlet sable hood or finn raccoon trim, ornate embroidery and colorblocked Persian lamb fur.

A hand-pieced eel-skin coat topped with a Mongolian lamb collar? My mind is blown. Prints like slim striping, chevron, and hunter plaid just add to the sense of awe. With outerwear this voluptuous and voluminous, you’ll actually hope for another polar vortex come next winter!

Not that the other pieces are anything short of decadent. The matte-gray alligator Midi bugatti bag and patchwork Matin tote of leather, suede, and pony are both as practical as they are covetable. Relaxed shift dresses of leather-trimmed, paneled broadtail make for Swinging Sixties-gone-sumptuous style, and the viscose-crepe dress topped with a bonded-leather front panel is geometry at its finest. Gleaming draped charmeuse dresses are sure to shine in the darkest of dinner lounges, especially with their deep-V necklines, while the chiffon and lightweight jersey variations have movement and revealing cutouts to spare.

When it comes to ferocious fur and outrageously glamorous eveningwear, J. Mendel is where it’s at. If this is fashion hedonism in play, then I am all for it!

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection

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