J. Mendel Wins an Award

December 15, 2011 | Style & Beauty


Natural golden sable horizon coat, J. Mendel ($85,000)

Beginning with the pop of flashbulbs and praise received for his Spring 2012 collection, Gilles Mendel, designer of the much sought after J. Mendel gowns seen on glamorous women from the runway and the red carpet to the ladies of Chevy Chase, has been on a superbly long-running hot streak. In addition to the accolades received for his latest collection, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum awarded Mendel with the National Design Award for fashion design, closing out 2011 on quite the high note. “I’m incredibly honored. It was a dream come true to be invited to the White House and seated next to the First Lady at the luncheon; she’s truly an inspiration,” gushed the French designer. As a fifth-generation furrier, Mendel made the leap to expand the family-owned business into ready-to-wear, introducing the brand to a wider audience and gaining recognition for his feminine, wispy gowns. Mendel creates designs that fall delicately on the body while flattering a woman’s figure with an effortless pleat or drape of fabric. Eight years after the launch of his first ready-to-wear collection, Mendel is still growing his brand and improving upon his seemingly perfect craft, an attribute Washingtonians are sure to notice. Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-652-2250

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