June 14, 2009
After a subdued Fall outing chez Mendel, it was a pleasure to see color—daffodil, poppy, aqua—re-emerge for Resort, along with the sort of dressmaker details with which designer Gilles Mendel made his name. Special touches were applied not only to eveningwear—a yellow gown with petal-like layers was the showstopper—but to day clothes as well: Take a pieced dress in metallic tweed or the must-have tulle-and-chain-lined fur vests. Mendel described the latter as "little additions that bring you into spring, aren't too ornate, and enhance everything else you own." That's a formula we can't argue with.