It's not unusual for Gilles Mendel of J. Mendel to create an amazing collection of evening wear that celebs want to gobble up -- he does it every season.
But spring 2014 was particularly gorgeous, with cocktail dresses and gowns in slim, sexy -- but ladylike -- silhouettes, with all new fabrications. Patches and panels of gazar and organza were mixed with lace to create rather structured luxury "patchwork" evening gowns in black, blush and white. There were also evening separates: lace off the shoulder tops with long, straight, slit-up-to-there (Angelina Jolie-style) skirts.
The Hollywood Reporter ran into two major Hollywood stylists backstage after: Johnny Wujek, who dresses Katy Perry, and Joseph Cassell, who works exclusively with Taylor Swift.
"I need to tells Gilles," said Wujek, waiting in a throng to talk to the designer, "that I want to put a hold on every piece here! I need to do this before another stylist gets to do it!"
Meanwhile, Cassell was waiting patiently, too, and told THR, "I think Taylor would want to wear
every single piece in this collection! Of course, she wears a ton of J. Mendel. It looks perfect on her, and we already have a great relationship with Gilles. He came down to Memphis to meet us there once and was such a sport -- he ate fried green tomatoes with us! Not every fashion designer -- particularly a French one! -- would eat fried green tomatoes! That is a bonding experience."
Only the next few months will tell who got to claim the most dresses out of
J. Mendel's spring 2014 collection.
J. Mendel's spring 2014 presentation below; photo via Getty Images.