How many ways can you wear lace? J. Mendel's Spring 2014 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was a beautiful showcase of dresses. There was an abundance of fishtail gowns perfect for the awards season red carpet. Beaded, crochet, cutwork textures were pieced together in seam lines that emphasized flattering curves of the body. Satin faced organza and silk crepe gave a light, airy, translucent look that hinted at the body underneath but didn't reveal it.
The color palette was light, in a chiffon yellow, raspberry, peach, taupe and accents of black and ivory. There were just a few fur accented pieces, much less than previous seasons considering this was originally a fur label. Perhaps there just are as many fur customers in the spring.
A palm front motif was implemented in some pieces. Sometimes it was a literal green leafed print, others it was a texture in a brocade.
J. Mendel is the master of sexy, luxe and ladylike. It's no surprise that I see this label on celebrity after celebrity. Perfectly tasteful, I picture Joan Rivers being frustrated when she does her Fashion Police recap.
Photos by Mariana Leung