For Spring/Summer 2016, 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 J. Mendel silhouette was sportier than usual, with boxy tees and tunic-style tops layered 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.