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Flower power: J. Mendel's bloomin' calla lily-powered fall collection has a sexy attitude

Flower power: J. Mendel's bloomin' fall collection has a sexy attitude

J Mendel fall 2016 gown
J. Mendl evening gown with embroidered calla lilly designs. Photo courtesy of J Mendel
J Mendel fall 2016
J. Mendelgreen gown with cut-out bodice and micro-bugle calla lily embroidery; Olivia Munn wore it to the Vanity Fair party after last month's Oscars.  Photo courtesy of J Mendel
J. Mendel fall 2016 collection
Photo courtesy of J Mendel
J Mendel fall 2016
 J, Mendel micro-bugle-beaded blouse with shiny Lurex trousers. Photo courtesy of J Mendel
J Mendel fall 2016 gown
J. Mendel evening gown with cut-out shoulders and embroiderd calla lilly design. Photo courtesy of J Mendel
J Mendel fall 2016 gown
J. Mendel halter gown with thigh-high slit. Photo courtesy of J Mendel
J Mendel fall 2016 gown
J. Mendl calla lilly print gown with plunging V-neckline. Photo by J Mendel
J Mendel fall 2016
J Mendel red trousers, blue and red calla lilly print blouse and blue coat with fur collar. Photo courtesy of J Mendel
J. Mendel designer Gilles Mendel
J. Mendel designer Gilles Mendel takes his runway bow. Photo courtesy of J. Mendel
J Mendel fall 2016 gown
J Mendel fall 2016
J. Mendel fall 2016 collection
J Mendel fall 2016
J Mendel fall 2016 gown
J Mendel fall 2016 gown
J Mendel fall 2016 gown
J Mendel fall 2016
J. Mendel designer Gilles Mendel

What: J. Mendel fall runway show.

Where: Cedar Lake Space during New York Fashion Week.

The look: A favorite of the Hollywood red carpet set, J. Mendel's Gilles Mendel offered plenty of slinky, shiny gowns with thigh-high slits and cut-outs at the bodice for starlets and their stylists to get excited about. In fact, Oliva Munn wore a J. Mendel green gown with cut-out bodice and micro-bugle calla lily embroidery straight off the runway to the chi-chi Vanity Fair party after the Oscars.

And for the woman who doesn't feel like wearing a gown but still wants to dress up, Mendel showed a nifty micro-bugle-beaded blouse with shiny Lurex trousers. Mixed it were lots of daytime separates, such as tomato red trousers and dresses with slashed hemlines, and the luxurious coats the brand is known for, like a two-tone crocodile trench and furs in eye-popping shades of blue, red and green. 

The flowers: Several of the gowns, along with dresses, blouses and skirts, feature calla lily patterns in contrasting black and white, ruby and cobalt, or turquoise and blue colors. Mendel drew on the calla lily motif, citing its elements of strength, fragility and beauty, for the collection, which he said was inspired by Tamara de Lempicka’s graphic Art Deco paintings and Sheila Metzner’s soft-focus photographs. Both used calla lilies in their work.

The pattern showed up in both bold graphics and delicate embroidery on various gowns and other looks throughout the collection.

More than 3,00 black calla lilies served as the backdrop for the runway show, with a eggplant-hued calla lily on the seat of each guest.