J. Mendel wants women to celebrate positive moments -- and dance while doing so!
Gilles Mendel unveiled the line's Spring 2018 collection on Tuesday morning in the penthouse of The Standard Hotel in the East Village during New York Fashion Week, and the Jazz Age-inspired collection will bring a welcome smile to your face.
"This collection is about jazz, the first time women were free to express themselves," Mendel told AOL Lifestyle while walking us through the new collection. "It was not like before. It was also a party town!"
"I always had it with me, but it was a period I never really explored," he said of the Jazz Age. "It's a time when so many things are hard in this world right now, so I want people to think about feeling that it's also a time to celebrate good moments -- even in a difficult time -- and the Jazz Age was like that, as well. It wasn't all easy. There was prohibition, political issues and a war, but people still wanted to celebrate moments, and I want to be part of that."
The collection itself features over 30 looks that echo those sentiments. With sheer moments and fur accents, frills and simple silhouettes, the feminine pieces harken back to the 1930s, but give that style a modern twist.
"You want to dance in these dresses!" Mendel excitedly told us. The Frenchman alluded to Old Hollywood names like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, too, as people that inspired his direction this season.
"People need to have a little moment of fun and craziness," he mused. "Fashion is becoming more and more disposable, but I try to go against that. People appreciate beauty and craftmanship and, to me, that's timeless."
See J. Mendel's Spring 2018 collection: