Gilles Mendel's Spring 2014 collection for J.Mendel was unapologetically gamine — but also unapologetically luxurious. Mendel was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's song "Cargo Culte," the final track on the album The History of Melody Nelson. The designer outfitted the singer's imaginary muse with pieces that were as slouchy and comfortable-looking as they were delicately finished. Who wouldn't want to replace the baseball shirt and track pants reserved for walking the dog on weekends with a lace, jacquard, and silk crepe raglan sleeve t-shirt and pants made from panels of two different laces?
Speaking of lace, this collection was rife with it: strips of lace were paired with strips of fox fur to create gorgeous vests that the show notes admit won't keep their wearers warm, and the final look was a gown made from a black embroidered varietal. These clothes clearly took effort to make, but their look is effortless.