June 12, 2011 New York
Separates included long, color-blocked skirts with asymmetrical pleating, wide-leg silk crepe pants (a label first), and cashmere/silk knit sweaters (another debut) pieced with silk mousseline panels. Color-blocking continues to be a major trend of the collections, and Mendel's muted tone-on-tone dresses (in mini and maxi lengths) are fine additions to the ever growing canon. The overall shift to shorter, sportier shapes and subtler details produced one of the label's freshest offerings in seasons. And while change may be afoot, every day does eventually shade into night, and every J. Mendel collection into evening: For after dark, there was an almost outrageously detailed group of confections, many draped in asymmetrical layers of frayed organza and satin-faced Lurex.