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J Mendel  NY Fashion Week Fall 2006

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J. Mendel Fall 2006

Who can forget “Bonnie and Clyde?” or the unpredictable appeal of the ganger’s moll, the effortless chic of Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker…sexy, cool, and a little mysterious. Of course in the J. Mendel version of the fantasy, Bonnie gets to keep all the money. Designer Gilles Mendel greets fall with Bonnie as his muse. The look is polished with an edge and the glamour is easy.

Silhouettes are straight with a relaxed ease. Looks are long and lean for day, with a straight pant and slim fitted coat or relaxed boxy jackets with a-line skirts just at the knee. The cool luxe of pale on pale in a deco patterned fur thrown over a white taffeta tuxedo shirt and white wool pencil skirt. An oversized knitted mink cardigan layered over chalk chiffon separates. Colors are dusky, powdery with a palette of faded burgundy, wild berry, midnight, charcoal, chalk and dove. It is strong and for the day while evening is veiled in a cloud of smoke.

Pairing classics with unexpected details, fabrics for day are tactile with rich, intricate finishes such as menswear tweeds shot with metallic threads, boiled wool with an offbeat combination of textures or techniques. Fabrics for evening float in silk mousseline and shimmer in silk pane velvet and hammered satin. At dusk, our moll might prefer black and Mendel delivers his take on the perfect little cocktail dress trimmed in mink or sable. Dark, exotic prints complete the night.

And how does Bonnie maker her exit? Cloaked in fur, of course! Sculpted broadtails trimmed with fox, custom-colored sables and minks as light as velvet envelop our muse in the most luxurious fabrics.

463 Seventh Ave
New York, NY 10018
Contact: Jessica Nagel
Phone: 212-967-6260

Photos: C. Yohance DeLoatch
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