Designer Gilles Mendel wins the prize for most oddly specific inspiration for his spring 2014 collection, the 1971 Serge Gainsbourg song “Cargo Culte,” which is sung from the point of view of a man mourning his lover who died in a plane crash, and refers to indigenous peoples of New Guinea, who pray for plane crashes to deliver them cargo from the sky. Yes, really. From that, we get dresses. Maybe they don’t quite feel like they dropped out of the sky, but they do inject a bit of Euro Style into New York Fashion Week. Modern designers have yet to get over their seasons-long fascination with lace, but we appreciate the lightness and occasional deftness with which it’s used here; especially the pale yellow. We also like the bronze metallics paired with that dove grey, and the cute little skirts with the ruffled hems. It’s all very feminine, with a hint of old-fashioned mixed in with modern luxury and shot through with a very French sensibility.
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