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J Mendel Fall 2011

The sleek, dark creations that emerged from the J. Mendel runway were art deco inspired, with bold, crisp patterns. Designer Gilles Mendel presented a wonderfully sensual collection of streamlined gowns that did not skimp on opulence. A bleached silver fox coat was charmingly sedate with charcoal felt wool sleeves. Ditto with the black sheared mink and wool felt. This is a perfect example of how fur can translate into daywear and the contrast/balance feels right: luxury items, when dressed down becomes casually chic. And when you pair it with the menswear trend of relaxed yet structured tailoring, the effect is entirely effortless. One stunner we noticed during the show was a pink embroidered silk mousseline gown, worn with a silk scarf and thigh high mocha suede boots. The sheer romanticism was enough to make any girl swoon. Another great detail was the black tribal embroidery that rested on sheer sleeves. The delicate see-through fabric made the dark beading appear as if it were tattooed against the skin. You would think this added detail would clash with the collection, but it lent an unexpected, rebellious feel to the gowns.
— Jeanie Kwak
Photos and video by Stevyn Llewellyn
Watch the runway finale below.

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2010

Photos by Stevyn Llewellyn

Tadashi Sodji presented a frilly feminine collection this season.  But don’t be fooled by all the ruffles and lace, because this girl is very sophisticated and sexy.  Different materials and textures were shaped, pleated and draped to create beautiful evening-wear clothes with a modern edge.  Some stand-out pieces included a long sleeved, skin tight metallic dress that glistened like a starlit night sky and had lines that wrapped around the model’s body with sheer cutouts.  Another was a floor length gown with a plunging neckline and meticulously draped iridescent fabric perfect for a goddess ready to walk the red carpet.— Maria Giannakakis
View the exclusive backstage video below.

Photos and Video by Stevyn Llewellyn.

Video by Stevyn Llewellyn