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J Mendel Autumn Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week Credit: Getty

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"Why not wear fabulous clothes by day instead of just saving them for night?"

Helen David, Harrods Fashion Director of Womenswear, Accessories, Fine Jewellery and Childrenswear

Inspired by New York's nightlife, designer Gilles Mendel reimagined a wardrobe for photographer Richard Avedon's iconic muses, including Anjelica Huston. Translation: glamour at every exit. Daywear comprised of midi skirts with provocative slits teamed with charmeuse blouses. Intarsia furs added a touch of Seventies to long-sleeved dresses, plisse skirts and trousers tucked into almond-toed patent boots. But the silhouette really came into its own with the eveningwear - paisley print silk maxis, draped satin jumpsuits and sparkly column gowns worn with fishnet stockings and mirrored clutch bags were as stand-out as the Manhattan skyline by night.

"Mendel made a Ready-To-Wear statement this season, and it was a strong one. Why not wear fabulous clothes by day instead of just saving them for night? And for the woman that already owns every possible fur combo, here are intarsia capes and floral boleros. The Seventies theme was darker than that seen in other collections, but refreshing and sophisticated," said Helen David, Harrods Fashion Director of Womenswear, Accessories, Fine Jewellery and Childrenswear, of the show.

Who we saw: Caroline Issa.

What they wore: A black sheepskin jacket.

In a nutshell: After-dark scene-stealers.

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