September 13, 2006 New York
You could even say that Mendel initiated the trend, in New York at least, for the romantic, petaled evening looks that are so prevalent on this week's runways. For spring, he was thinking more geometrically. Overlapping circles were a recurring motif on everything from a chocolate patent-leather coat to his new suit: a short-sleeve jacket with volume below the bust worn with a pleated, full skirt. And to drive home the point that he can do more than evening, he even tried his hand at denim. A stiff, midnight blue, it was sliced and chevroned like his furs, and oozed uptown cool.