J. Mendel Spring 2013 RTW

Launch Slideshow

SHOW: J. Mendel, Spring 2013

THEME: Wisteria inspired by the Kawachi Fuji gardens in Japan

HAIR: Orlando Pita for Beauty.com and T3

MAKEUP: Gucci Westerman for Revlon

ACCESSORIES: Manolo Blahnik for J. Mendel, the signature J. Mendel Eve clutch in an elongated form

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Mesmerizingly divine, the J. Mendel Spring 2013 collection was full of luxe fabrics, with delicate embellishments and a lush color palette of both soft and electrifying spring shades.

A floral focus was counterbalanced by striking silhouettes and sumptuous textures. A melding of romantic colors and exquisite composition gave the pieces a powerfully whimsical appeal.

The daytime looks featured simple shapes juxtaposed with expensive fabrics for an effortless blend of youthful luxury, such as a leather tunic paired with laser-cut shorts, a sheer silk top worn with velvet mink hot pants, a silk tiger lily print minidress with sexy cutouts and a lace top with low-slung loose bottoms.

Gowns followed, floating so dreamily down the runway. Carefully constructed corsets were concealed by elegant silk drapery and soft pleats.

Deep iris and soft violet shades, multi-metallic, ivory and cantaloupe, the colors screamed springtime and the designs, from day to night, were all straight out of a modern fairy tale

FRONT ROW: Elisabeth Moss