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J. Mendel

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BALLERINA BEAUTIES

New York: Gilles Mendel was tapped to create costumes for the New York City Ballet’s production of “Call Me Ben” this spring, and the grace and beauty of ballet inspired the designer’s current collection. Hand pleating, gathering and ruching created a sense of movement, as garments wrapped around and floated away from the body. The palette of soft pastels and cosmetic neutrals was broken up with a pop of bright orange for a chiffon top and washed crepe de chine wrap skirt; the tone also appeared for footwear and for each model’s lip color. Known for his furs, Mendel introduced new techniques to keep the luxe pelts lightweight for warmer months; Tibetan lamb and shadow fox were mounted on tulle and dyed to match the pale tones of the clothing. The designer’s ethereal and airy looks were right on-trend this season, and his romantic dresses are sure to appeal to his followers.

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