The designer: Mr. Mendel, a couturier extraordinaire, is famous for his meticulous hand-done pleating and jaw-dropping furs. Exhibit A: the new “corduroy” jackets—which are crafted from mink.
This season it’s about: With Katherine Hepburn as his muse (love that!), Mr. Mendel injects a carefree sense of fun into “respectable” silhouettes and menswear plaid via ostrich feather trims and flashes of skin on stunning evening dresses. It’s modern glamour, done right.