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Gilles Mendel’s collection for J. Mendel was easily my favorite collection thus far. The man knows how to put together a show, and it’s never only about the clothes. Everything from the hair to the nails were flawless this season.


The hair looks were created by Moroccanoil. I use their original Moroccanoil often, and it’s a savior for frizzy hair, especially in the summer. I’ve never seen them backstage at a show, and was in awe of the hair looks they seemed to effortlessly create (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team this calm before!).

To mirror the mix of structure and softness that made up the J. Mendel collection this season, backstage hair lead Odile Gilbert fashioned a voluminous hairstyle that was all about the “organic, chaotic natures of mussed curls – it’s all about volume – tons of volume – and a round, fluid shape. This look is very feminine,” says Gilbert, adding “it’s not feminine-frilly; rather, it’s femininity with a modern twist.”


As for the nails and toes, they were done by Dashing Diva and a wonderful white called ‘Charlotte’s Wedding’ was used, which complemented the looks without distracting from them.

The makeup look was created by Bobbi Brown.  The skin and brows were kept natural-looking, the eyes were soft-diffused, medium brown and smoky, while the cheeks and lips were done in pale pink.

How amazingly well did everything come together!?

Images courtesy of Sharon Feiereisen.