With many shows going on at once, it is hard to select one I will write about on the blog. Pretty much every fashion designer out there is talented, but after seeing J. Mendel’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week, I decided that was the show I really wanted to write a review on.
Simiplicity, texture, asymmetric cuts, bold colors, contrast and feminism is what J.Mendel’s Spring/Summer 2015 show transmitted to the audience. His clothes are the definition of classy with a touch of modernism. As mentioned on Style.com, both French designer Gilles Mendel and Puerto Rican collaborator Enoc Perez, share a love for architecture that can be directly reflected on their work.
According to Mendel, Perez speaks his same language and was the perfect partner to collaborate with for his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Style’s review by Lauren Sherman also says that back in 2013, the pair made a book together called “Gilles Mendel by Enoc Perez” where the artist collected a samples and images of Mendel’s work and made a variety of collages with it.
“I could immediately relate to him because my wife is French, and she is a big fan of his work,” Perez said to the New York Times Style Magazine. “He’s also architectural in terms of his lines, and I do a lot of paintings of architecture, so we had ground in common.”
The minimalist and urban-meets-classy style presented in Mendel’s work this season is becoming signature of the brand and keeps dragging attention to the designer, especially when he collaborates with Perez. The Puerto Rican’s work as an artist mainly features paintings of urban landscapes and New York buildings which perfectly pairs and blends with Mendel’s style.
Perez said that the sculptural and structural element of Mendel’s work, is what mainly attracted him to become interested in collaborating with the French designer. At the same time, Mendel gets inspiration from Perez’ paintings of buildings, which is reflected in this specific collection.
The colors that Mendel used in the garments are mainly primary colors such as: red, yellow and blue with some pieces in white, black and pink; giving the clothes a dramatic contrast. The designer managed to make the collection stand out with the selection of fabrics, textures and patterns that are featured on the pieces. He doesn’t stick to a specific look, even if he used very basic and conventional colors. The complexity that he creates in every look and the fact that he managed to make each of them completely different from each other is something not every designer achieves, reflecting his originality and creativity in a very smart way. For us, this is a perfect 10.