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.
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