Sunday, September 28, 2014

J Mendel #RTW Spring 2015 #NYFW

"Gilles Mendel found an ideal collaborator in the artist Enoc Perez. The friends share a love of architecture - which is a big, and often direct, influence on their work - and are drawn to the same colours. 'We speak the same language,' Mendel said backstage before the show. To create a cohesive thread access the 45 looks, Mendel drew from Perez's paintings of buildings, which were mimicked in the diagonal-grid designs on many of the dresses, gowns, and even a few furs. (some were painted on; others were woven, beaded, or pieced together.) Mendel kept a clean silhouette throughout: There were waisted minidresses in one-shoulder, strapless, and cap-sleeve varieties. Many gowns, featuring his signature pleats, were color-blocked. And about the colour: What a dynamite use of red! There were also electric pink, seas foam, and citron, paired in wonderfully clashing ways, using black and white as stabilizers. What was so great about this collection was that Mendel didn't just digitally print one of Perez's paintings onto a dress or a t-shirt; he truly incorporated them. It felt quite authentic, like any good collaboration should." -

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