J. Mendel Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 22, 2013

It was all high-impact, mega-glam looks for Gilles Mendel this time, as he cited German artist Gerhard Richter as his inspiration. The colors are rich and earthy and the tone is pure luxury; a melding of “rich bitch” and some sort of fur-bedecked Germanic nature goddess. Some looks work better than others for us, but one thing’s for sure: none of these looks are for the shy gal. Heads will be turned.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • RebeccaKW

    Last dress, that white shimmery fabric is amazing.  I don’t like the bodice on it, but the fabric is TO DIE.

    • Deb_Lynn

      I also love that dress. I predict some celebrity will sadly tarnish it’s beauty (poor choice for their skin color most likely).

      • lrhg

        Can we pack if off to Viola Davis right now so it can be showcased properly?

    • Funkykatt

      Darn it, you saw it first! I have to be faster. 

  • Vanja

    I love everything from the first row and the white dress from the second row. Want the leather jacket. The rest is too shiny or too furry for my taste.

    • ankali

      The top two rows are my favorite, too, especially the top middle white dress. I would love to stomp around NYC in that look and some fabulous boots or booties.

      • DinaSews

        I also think that white dress is stunning.

      • Great dress for Taylor Swift.

    • gabbilevy

      … when did fur become OK again?

      • Since it’s gotten colder!

        Also, too many plastics are used to make fake fur. These plastics make the factory workers sick, since the factories are not regulated by the government. If you wear fake furs, you support factories that sicken its employees.

        • So torturing animals to death is clearly the better option. Uh-huh. Sure.

          • So, humans who work making fake furs and getting sick are less important than animals?

            Do you wear leather shoes or have leather purses?

          • A lot of leather comes from animals that are used for meat. That’s a big difference than 40 tortured chinchillas. Fur sickens me unless it is worn by someone who also used other parts of the animal. 

          • Yes. That’s how it works. It’s not like anyone would ever value all life equally or anything. Nope. Sorry, animals. Someone on the high horse says it’s okay to torture you to death so they can have glitter-encrusted Uggs. Now kindly begin hosing the plebs with uranium.

            As for me: No. I don’t wear leather shoes. I don’t own or use leather purses or jackets or skirts or belts. There are a lot of high quality alternatives (and occasionally even inexpensive ones) that neither involve animal or human cruelty. We need not pay heed to whatever bored imaginary third world bureaucrat decreed that that if animals are not tortured to death to produce fashion, then the employees churning out synthetics must be exposed to instantly lethal carcinogens. We have other options, such as buying shoes directly from the indigenous women who design and manufacture them.

            But you keep manufacturing whatever stories you need to keep on wearing corpses on your body. I mean, it’s cold, right? And maybe possibly a few people you’d never give a shit otherwise won’t get end-stage cancer of the maybes because you were brave enough to wear fur. Congrats.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like every piece, but there are indeed some stunners in this lot. That opening pic is gorgeous, as is that first bag and the tan/black( blue) gown. If the Oscars are going to be black and white dresses then that b/w in the middle on the next the last row would look great on the red carpet.

  • SewingSiren

    You don’t see white panne velvet used much. it’s very , very pretty here. The black one too.

  • I prefer the more sleek pieces, and don’t really like the layered ones, but the ones I do like, I really, REALLY like.

  • EEKstl

    Me likey.  That olive green velvet dress is a stunner.

  • Lady in Red, hot look!

  • Sixth row, middle. That fur vest is giving me life.

  • Second row, dress on the right. GIVE ME.

  • That red dress and the kneehigh boots.  WANT.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Oh Angelina, we has a pretty for you.

    • j_anson

      If only she would.

  • Anniebet

    Not feeling this collection so much, apart from the first look and a couple others. Luxe, yes, but overall it seems dated to me, with the slashes and way too much fur. Love the styling on the models though. Very pretty.

    •  Are they remaking the movie Dune?  Cos this collection is ripe for the remake.

  • SpillinTea

    Second to last row, far left. Send to Angie Jolie right now.

  • barbarienne

    Oh, so much that I want in my closet, starting with the first three jackets on the page. Then the rust/black gown and the white/black/gray gown.

  • there are individual nice pieces here, but overall, this looks butt-ugly to me. and the colour story is terrible.

  • libraangel

    Isn’t Gerhardt Richter the artist who uses barf colors in his nature-works?  Ah, yeah – I see the inspiration

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Overall, I’m not loving this, and there’s way too much fur.  I know a lot of lines have some fur, and hopefully it’s faux, but this looks like way way too much actual fur.

  • sumptuous, gorgeous, lovely.  I got like a fantasy wooded vibe- and I seriously got the German feel (being Austrian and having German family).  Some pieces I could do without like the shiny silver or the red ones, but oh those cobalts and the color blocks and the layers! OH MY!

  • guest2vists

    Sleek, elegant and lux. I love the lines of the last blue gown. And the golden-moss skirt & top in first pic.

  • MiriamMc75

    Somebody get it for me. ALL of it.

  • quiltrx

    Kind of meh for me, EXCEPT the middle dress, next-to-last row…a stunner I hope to see on the RC!

  • Loren S

    The fur effect is so witty!  It reminds me a lot of the brushstroke technique Richter uses in his portraits.

    Example: http://artobserved.com/2008/12/national-portrait-gallery-announces-future-gerhard-richters-portrait-exhibition/

  • FancyPhilly

    5th row, all the way to the right. It may be because I am tired, but a quick glance made it look like a coat rather than sleeveless and that the models fur-covered hand was reaching between her legs to adjust something.

  • alyce1213

    I usually stay away from commenting about collections with real fur because I am strictly against it — zero tolerance, even for “divas” — and anything I have to say is unkind, at best.  But I do want to say that the amazing beauty of these furs reinforces my opinion that furs should be left on their original owners.

    • libraangel

      This is why we really should boycott Michael Kors on PR. He uses a lot of real fur on his clothes, and like you, I can’t take it

  • i … totally don’t see richter in any of these.  they’re gorgeous, though.

  • Love nearly everything. Well, I’m german.

  • ccm800

    Like a lot of this. The resurgence of furs in the last few years is disgusting. Nothing has changed about the fur industry. 

  • afabulous50

    I can’t get behind ANY designer that still uses fur.  Senseless, senseless slaughter.  We don’t eat minks, foxes, etc.  they just toss the carcass away.  

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I am going to assume that is not real fur.  And with that – I say that every single look is gorgeous.   Michael Kors, can you please take a page from THIS book?  Note the lack of camo and of other tired motifs?