A sartorial romantic, Gilles Mendel found inspiration in a kindred spirit — Robert Desnos, specifically his poem “Ma Sirène.” Mendel envisioned his resort sirens bathed in “underwater” hues, the pale tones handled with such subtlety they were barely apparent to the naked eye. Featherweight cocktail dresses came in a shimmery pink jacquard meant to imitate the look of mother of pearl, and a nude tulle gown with black chevron beading was lined with a hint of seafoam silk. Since the sea and seaside go hand in hand, Mendel also worked a significant Riviera stripe motif, as asymmetric cotton strips mounted on airy organza for day dresses and as transparent panels to lighten up his signature furs.

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