J. Mendel Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 21, 2012

Especially in the opening half of the show, there was a stark simplicity to many of the looks, with pure whites dominating the runway at first and bits of color and contrast appearing gradually. It was almost illustrative; as if to say, “We’ll start off by defining glamour and then take it from there.” Glamour is the J. Mendel signature and we certainly can’t think of anything more glamorous than the inspiration for this collection: an old Vogue editorial styled by Diana Vreeland and photographed by Helmut Newton shot in Spain, featuring the architecture of Antonio Gaudi. Oh, nicely done, M. Mendel.

You can see the fluid, natural lines of Gaudi re-interpreted for the collection, the entirety of which represents the old-school Vogue aesthetic that also inspired it. By the time you get to the end, you’re looking at one Oscar gown after another parade out, playing the guessing game of which starlet will wind up wearing it. Like we said: Glamour.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

Please review our Community Guidelines before posting a comment. Thank you!

  • Anna Maria Diamanti

    LOVE the contrasting whites and the necklines of the first 2 black pieces.

    • jtabz

      Yes! I don’t normally like the cutout look all that much, but those two necklines end up making it look both striking and somehow organic. Just gorgeous.

      • butterflysunita

        The first cutouts I’ve seen that I love.  Beautiful.

  • Kate4queen

    Where are we supposed to put our bosoms? All these dresses have slashed to the waist necklines LOL

    • P M

       See – that confirms what I was thinking about the 2nd last row left one: a (ugh) Kim K dress.

      • i think the second on the last row is kim k, i hope she never wears it though

        • P M

           Hang on – I think we’re both off. Last row, first dress. Or is that Paz de la Huerta 😀

  • rainwood1

    Love almost all of it except the gowns at the end.  The first dozen looks were especially striking.

    • MilaXX

       The only one I really dislike is the one with the gold sleeves. It’s going to take a special starlet to not make that look cheap.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Agreed. Put white sleeves on that dress and it’s gorgeous.

  • I love the cut outs in the second dress, third row, but I hate the ones in the first dress last row – they even make the model look like she has no waist – WHY DAMMINT?! Also, why does “fall’ = fur?

  • Like the white gown with the fluid gold inset but everything after that gold shoe is lost on me.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Oh merde, now my keyboard is full of drool.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    So this is a collection for women with flat chests. Women with flat chests who dress overly conservative at day and party girl at night. I’m rolling my eyes so hard right now, it could be seen from outer space.

  • MilaXX

    So pretty I almost like the fake fur. I’m tired of dresses with cut outs, but I like that black gown & I really hope someone wears that mustard gown Sunday.

    • Amy Ellinger

      Yes! Some lucky lady could have a mustard moment reminiscient of Michelle Williams’ Vera Wang.  (reminiscient only, nothing will top that moment for me at the Oscars)

  • Well, shut my mouth.  I just bitched about cutouts and sternums being over, and here they are looking fabulous.  Of course I can’t wear a stitch of it – but it’s lovely to dream anyway.

  • I just had a gay man SQUEEE moment. I want those gold shoes!!!

  • serenitynow02

    I don’t know how any starlet with purchased cantaloupe boobs could wear any of these gowns. I don’t care for most of the cutouts, but I do like the black one in the middle and the wine-colored gown. Not excited by anything else.

  • quiltrx

    Gorgeous!  I love all the play with the necklines/bodices.  They don’t look like anyone with boobies could wear them, but they’re lovely just the same.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    as much as i detest the use of fur by any other than its original bearers: oh boy is this stuff gorgeous.
    even though i would never buy it even could i afford to buy it, it still breaks my heart to say that, hot damn, up to & including the fur this is a spectacular compendium of garment after garment. again, as per the fur, i await the day when–as per some article on jezebel–those of us w/, say, alopecia can grow it atop our heads. seriously. kind of. & besides: job creation! when it’s needed most!

    this stuff, though, at least to me is one of the very best of the collections you have shown us this time out. just wow.

    • Uggh I didn’t realize that was fur…in my naivete, I stupidly assumed it was faux fur. Agree though- gorgeous and wow. 

  • Amy Ellinger

    I’d like to see Rooney Mara in the last dress. I think it would suit her quite well, and it would be close enough to her pattern of black dress with cutout formula, but just enough of a departure to be stunning. The green with her eyes would match beautifully.

    • Qitkat

      I love that dress. I want that dress. I want the body that would fit into that dress. My closet wants that dress, because I’ve never been invited anywhere fabulous enough to wear that dress. But I’ll share it with Rooney Mara. She’s got a red carpet to go to and I don’t.

      • Amy Ellinger

        that’s incredibly generous of you to offer to share with Ms. Mara, haha 🙂  your momma taught you well! 

        • Qitkat

          This blog is my guilty pleasure. Neither my momma (may she RIP), nor anyone I’m close to would recognize the person I am while posting here.

  • sleepycat

    the first look on the last row is perfect for jlo

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    See-thru is no longer my favorite color.  That dress in row 7, column 3 with the sequined modesty panels is tacky.  I believe, if it is sheer, then it must have a liner.  The liner must be the same length as the rest of the dress.  No miniskirts or granny panties under floor length sheer hoohaw crap.

    • pippitypup

       That’s a definite “See? I’m a Real Lady Cause I Have the Parts!” dress.

  • rougeort

    Love the cutout necklines- they are so striking especially on the simple black dresses.

  • KateMaryC

    I have to say, what defines the collection especially well is that those are some of the most beautiful models we’ve seen in fashion week. More than just walking clothes hangers, more than the ugly-beautiful style. It’s oddly refreshing.

  • Susan Crawford

    This is a truly glamourous collection! That white trouser/coat ensemble in the first row, far right: killer! The two black dresses with the geometric cut-out necklines: shut the feckin’ front door! That gold/bronzey coat and metallic golden shoes: OMFG, this is CLASSIC. As for the red-carpet-worthy gowns in the last two rows: wowsa!

  • I LOVE these clothes (except for all the ‘camel’ colored ones)-too bad I’m not tall enough, rich enough, young enough, or thin enough. ~wiping a melodramatic tear~ I’ll wait til the knockoff age-appropriate (for me) clothes start showing up elsewhere in a few years. I think this collection is stunning and gorgeous.

  • I don’t actually like these clothes this much (in terms of wearing them or wanting to see someone wearing them), but I appreciate the group as a collection, with guidance.

  • i think this is my favorite fall 2012 collection! i love the white, and the white tights, i am big fan of white in the winter. and i LOVE the gold metal shoes so incredible. the oscar dress are of course all so beautiful as well, the one with gold sleeves has kate hudson written all over it

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Stunning collection.  That last gown is to die for.

  • DeborahLipp

    So sophisticated!

  • girliecue

    This is why I wish I could actually see you two in person. Well, one of a plethora of reasons. I honestly don’t see the Gaudi influence in these clothes. I could maybe make a case for of his chimneys in a couple of the dresses, but I feel like that would be a stretch. I’m sure you two could point out the details during a nice lunch or a drink or two. *Sigh* I’ll just have to keep dreaming. Very pretty collection, regardless.

  • miwome

    PLEASE let somebody wear that last green dress. Oh, I love it I love it.

  • That far right hand one on the third row has Lisbeth Salander/Rooney Mara’s name all over it.  Interesting that she has instead already worn the far left hand one from the same row…

    LOVE that yellow in the middle of the bottom row – Sophia Vergara would KILL in that.  But so would her figure-type opposites Gwyneth and Julie Bowen.  Can’t wait to see who wears that gorgeous color.

  • bitterk

    Very luxurious looking