This week we received some new cocktail dresses from J. Mendel that simply took my breath away. While Gilles Mendel was originally best known for his exquisite furs, his evolution into Ready-to-Wear as followed a meteoric path. Here is how N.Y. Magazine describes the J.Mendel label:
Founded in 1870 in Paris by Joseph Breitman, a furrier to the Russian aristocracy, J. Mendel is one of the rare luxury brands to remain family-owned. Today, the fifth-generation Gilles Mendel acts as CEO and head designer, and the label is now based in New York. In addition to fur, the brand now encompasses a full women’s ready-to-wear line, which originated practically by accident; to detract PETA protesters from staking out his first flagship boutique on Madison Avenue in the mid-nineties, Mendel created simple sheaths to display in the store windows at night. Collections now run the spectrum from luscious chiffon dresses and sleek canvas trenches to tweed suiting and red-carpet gowns.
Talk about silver linings!
I fell madly in love with this new chiffon and satin cocktail dress and I styled it as I would dream of wearing or selling it:
|J. Mendel Cocktail Dress ($2990)|
I would wear it with this gorgeous Rene Caovilla platform evening shoe:
|Rene Caovilla Evening Shoe ($1075)|
And accessorize it with this Irene Neuwirth `rainbow moonstone and pale amythest bracelet set in pink gold:
|Kimberly McDonald Geode Earrings($9800) Sylva & Cie Earrings (7500)|
A girl can dream, but she can purchase too!