Fashion Week Notebook | J Mendel

February 12th, 2006

 Photo Credit: NY Metro

Key Takeaways:  In addition to the expected black-tie gowns and fur coats, Gilles Mendel attempted to add more of an urban look to his collection with pieces like leather jacquard jackets and knit skullcaps.

Color Palette:  Black, pewter, slate grey, garnet, plum, burgundy, brown, taupe, aubergine, gold, off-white.

Silhouettes: Cocktail dresses hemmed in fur; leather jacquard coats; wrap dresses with a sheer chiffon trim; tiered column dresses, long, kimono-style dresses with sheer lantern sleeves.

Accessories Report: Knit skull caps, leather and suede gloves, knee-high boots, black-rimmed eyes, a complete absence of jewelry.

What’s Wearable: Our favorite J. Mendel dress was a flowy, silver silk column dress gathered at the bust as a lopsided bow.

What’s Not Wearable: The odd-looking and pointless fur-hemmed cocktail dresses. Why not wear a fabulous fur coat instead?

Entry Filed under: Runway Reviews, Runway Reviews, Trend, Women

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  • 1. Omiru.com: Style for All&hellip  |  February 14th, 2006 at 8:08 am

    [...] February 14th, 2006 For your reading convenience, we’ve split the trends up into categories: Silhouette, Detailing, Garment Classifications, and Accessories.  Enjoy!SILHOUETTEWaist Emphasis: Much like Spring 06, the focal point is on the waist.It’d be easier to list the designers that Didn’t follow this one. High Waisted Styles: Long-waisted women everywhere celebrate with a trip to the mall!Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Alice RoiPowerful Working Woman: We’re just glad these pieces don’t have the 80s shoulderpads.Carolina Herrera, Zang Toi, Richard ChaiDresses over Long Sleeved Shirts: Reminds us of Marc Jacobs’ Mod collection a few years back.  Anyone else thinking this?Proenza Schouler, WillowVoluminous Sleeves: Good for visual interest, but it can get theatrical.  Aim for small puffs rather than Jerry Seinfeld’s puffy shirt.Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Three As Four3/4 Sleeve Styles: Add 3/4 length styles here, and we’ve got Uber-Cropped jackets.Proenza Schouler, Carolina HerreraDETAILINGOversized Collars: Oversized jacket detailing in its most visible form.Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Willow, Richard ChaiTuxedo Style Detailing: I wonder if this was inspired by March of the Penguins…Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Behnaz SarafpourFur Fur Everywhere: Let’s just say that PETA isn’t going to be happy.Carolina Herrera, Trovata, Chado Ralph Rucci, J MendelJapan, anyone?: Can we say Memoirs of a Geisha?  Let’s just hope anime-style clothing isn’t in the pipeline.J Mendel, James Coviello, Nanette Lepore, BCBGRuffles: There’s just something so innocent and feminine about these ruffles.  Doo Ri, Three As Four, Oscar de La RentaGrecian Draping: So Very Madame Grès.Proenza Schouler, Derek LamSheer over Solids: When done well, it can be great…but if not, it can be a little "Date Night with Barbie."Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Donna KaranShearling: Somehow we keep thinking of those sheepskin car seat covers.Oscar de la Renta, Lacoste, SweetfacePenchant for Plaid: Reminds us of Trey from Sex and the City…only without the kilts.Trovata, Zang Toi, Behnaz SarafpourChevron Detailing: When you see plaid, you know that chevrons aren’t far behind…Vera Wang, Calvin KleinGARMENT CLASSIFICATIONSCapes and Capelets: Like we said, it’s The Poncho, Part II.Derek Lam, Monique Lhuillier, Narciso Rodriguez, Tuleh, Marc by Marc JacobsBubble Skirts: As long as they don’t invite Bubble Boy comparisons, we’re OK with them.  Short girls beware though, as they’ll throw off your proportions..Doo Ri, Twinkle, United Bamboo, Calvin KleinVests: Time to raid the Wall of Vests at H&M!Tomer, Twinkle, Diane von FurstenbergSweaterdresses: The ultimate in comfort + style.BCBG, Lacoste, Behnaz Sarafpour, Y-3, Michael KorsShort Sleeved Dresses: Maybe skin isn’t in?Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina HerreraBoatneck Styles: Perfectly elegant and a way to show off a long neck (or make your neck look longer, as it may be).Trovata, Rachel Comey, Carmen Marc ValvoHooded Trenchcoats: Why would you wear a regular trenchcoat when you could get one with a hood? Lacoste, Three As FourToggle Coats: Can’t say how much we LOVE the toggle coat!Cloak, TrovataACCESSORIESSmall and Square Sunglasses: Out with the bug eyes, in with sleek, technochic style.Carolina Herrera, BCBG, Luella Bartley, Proenza SchoulerNerd Glasses for Men: These will go Perfectly with your "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, All My Base Are Belong to You" T-shirt.Trovata, LacosteLong (up to Elbow-Length) Gloves: This is the Huge accessories trend.Badgley Mischka, Doo Ri, Richard Chai, Nicole MillerShort Gloves: First, it was Marvel vs. Capcom.  Now, it’s Short Glove vs. Long Glove.  We’ll hedge our bets here, but we always like to support the underdog.Derek Lam, Proenza SchoulerHandmade Looking Scarves: Straight from Grandma’s knitting club.Tomer, John Bartlett, TwinkleLong Scarves: Maybe not so functional, but oh-so-chic!Marc by Marc Jacobs, Carmen Marc Valvo, Calvin KleinChain Handles on Bags: The Hottest New Bag Trend.Heatherette, Narciso Rodriguez, Luella Bartley, Derek LamLeggings & Tights: Great for layering.Rachel Comey, Twinkle, Yigal Azrouel, Trovata [...]

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