The legs have it at the J. Mendel show. Designer Gilles Mendel went to town with asymmetrical hemlines that slanted high up the thigh on more than a fair share of his Spring/Summer 2016 dresses.
Mendel name-checked Japan as the starting point for his show. But that connection was hard to spot on the catwalk. Instead, the clothing had an architectural construction, while the graphic prints and embellishments made the ensembles feel urban and, when lines of silver grommets were used, a bit industrial.
There was quite a lot of layered pleated silks worked into the collection that added some volume and movement to the lean looks. However, the disconnect between this season's chosen inspiration and the clothing that actually hit the catwalk resulted in an offering that felt as if it had lost its way.