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New York Fashion Week

J. Mendel SS18

J Mendel SS18 Getty

Having made the decision to depart the runway in favour of more intimate presentations two seasons back, talk has naturally shifted to what Creative Director Gilles Mendel is really good at – that being his refined attention to detail. As he displayed his jazz-world inspired Spring/Summer 2018 collection against the East Village skyline on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel, huge floral bouquets complemented the sugar-sweet pieces that came in dusky flamingo pinks, icy-cool mints and cream.

Seeing the 33 hand-crafted looks up close, Mendel’s level of craftsmanship displayed the delicacy of couture pieces, rather than that of ready-to-wear. From elaborate embellishments and intricate micro-pleats – seen on billowing floor-length gowns – to coloured fur accents, which were teamed with a number of more contemporary pieces, the collection combined the Upper East Sider’s ultimate wardrobe with pieces that deserve a red carpet moment.