Gilles Mendel took his Resort 2018 collection for J. Mendel to a slightly different direction with his take on Slim Aarons’s iconic ’60s and ’70s poolside photography.

Poolside Gossip by Slim Aarons, 1970

Just a bit more overtly “resort” than his typical sumptuous fur and red carpet faire, Mendel delivered up a collection of laid back and easy with languid lounge daywear for the glamorous in a pink pleated crepe dress trimmed in lace, a white minimalist tiered flounce dress, and a subdued splatter pattern leather panel smock dress.

There were minis obviously meant for more than poolside as well, embellished with ostrich feathers here, piled sequins there, creating this vintage retro glam vibe for a night out.

Surprising to see from a J. Mendel collection were the breezy caftans in teal with copper beading, another in ivory. And of course, the signature furs made an appearance in a full-length chinchilla vest over a navy sequined jumpsuit, a black cross mink cape over a black ruffle mini dress, and a pink fur coat because you know you want it, and an oversized intarsia moment in chevrons.

Of course, the full glamour did not disappoint – Gilles Mendel is an absolute artist with a red carpet gown. A sleeveless drop waist was beaded in intricate rose gold patterns over tiers of pleated rose sheer. A full length version of the pleated crepe dress appeared in black and metallic gold. A strapless raspberry number is embroidered and beaded in cherry toned florals.  And the jaw drop moment came with the cobalt in sheer with layers of tan and grey tones underneath. So gorgeous.

But Gilles Mendel. Seriously. You’re on notice. I am not intending to thin shame a model here. I don’t know her story, and maybe there’s more to it But if you’re intentionally looking for rail thin models (and it seems to be a trend), you are propagating an abusive atmosphere in the fashion industry that is not only unhealthy, it is dangerous. France even banned too-skinny models from their runways to protect models in the fashion industry from abusive practices and malnutrition. Catch up with the times, Mendel. The dresses may be pretty, but this is not a good look.




  1. nancie chmielewski Reply

    Oh, so correct to point out both the beauty of the collection AND the heinous use of over thin women models. I appreciate your good commentary. Thank you!

    • luxelookbook Reply

      Thanks, Nancie! I hate to see this still happening today.

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