J. Mendel SS16
"Gilles sent out a show of standout Ready-to-Wear indicating his definite stance as a full-collection designer, with fur making a brief appearance, albeit in clever intarsia cuts matched back to the Ready-to-Wear. Stunning cut-out gowns and flowing chiffon ensembles in ice-cream shades were favourite looks."
Helen David, Harrods Fashion Director of Womenswear, Women's Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewellery, and Childrenswear
The lowdown: This season, designer Gilles Mendel was inspired by Japan - both its aesthetic, with its silks, kimono-style prints and origami pleats, and its culture, with its structure and precision. For daytime the silhouette was sportier than usual, with boxy tees and tunic-style tops coming over narrow pencil skirts that fell to the ankle, although pleated mini skirts still ensured there was plenty of glam factor. Outerwear also took on a sporty feel, with intarsia mink vests and fur anoraks with drawstring detailing topping the looks. For evening, the silhouette softened, melting into tiered gowns of silk organza and ruffled ball skirts with bandeau tops. Prints appeared as blurred florals and ombré chevrons in shades of grey, pale yellow and cherry blossom pink.
Who we saw: Harper's Bazaar Style Director, Joanna Hillman
What they wore: A red printed dress and her signature red lippy
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