With Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Selma Blair, and Angela Lindvall watching from the front row, Gilles Mendel debuted a slouchy modern Spring 2012 collection that offered plenty for the red-carpet gal. The clothes had loose structure to them, thanks to soft colorblocking, asymmetric hems, and pleating, but Mendel kept the textures ultra soft. One of the best daytime looks included a fitted tee tucked into a long asymmetric cream skirt with a citrine-hued lining — it was simple, fresh, and youthful. Highlights were his evening wear, notably the end run of floaty gowns in soft colours, like the chalk and shell silk mousseline gown worn by Arizona Muse, with side panels that caused the fabric to fly away from the body. It was luxurious, but there was an ease to the dresses that seemed to fit right in with the young front row's chic style.
- Trends: Colour blocking, pleating, cutaway dresses, asymmetrical hems.
- Colours: Iris, navy, chalk, citrine.
- Key Piece: The floaty evening gowns were highlights, and from the separates, we loved the asymmetric-hemmed skirts and dresses.
- Who Would Wear It: No doubt the gowns will be all over the red carpets soon enough, satisfying the style needs of everyone from Taylor Swift to front-rower Selma Blair.
Check out the full runway line up from J.Mendel . . .