J. Mendel’s Spring 2012 collection gave us feminine pieces that are both timeless and modern.

The designer is highly regarded for his red carpet worthy gowns and furs, so it was a refreshing to see his day-wear having a more slouchy sportswear feel featuring vertical stripes and bold colour blocking for a more modern aesthetic.

Nearly every piece was loose-fitting as they fluttered down the runway revealing thigh and central splits (hello Blake Lively).

Blue and green popped against the mostly neutral colour palette of lemon, white, black and nude with a few printed looks showcased in the middle of the presentation.

Evening wear ranged from sexy, fitted and embellished to ethereal, draped and pleated.

Gilles Mendel may find himself with a whole new celebrity fan base following this collection.

Paul Hanlon at Tigi gave the model side-swept wet look hair, whilst Gucci Westman for Revlon ensured the models had sun-kissed skin.

Front Row: Mary-Kate Olsen, Melissa George, Selma Blair and Ashley Olsen

Favourites: Printed dress with a layered peplum and one shoulder drape gown with asymmetrical skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Blake Lively, Zoe Saldana, Taylor Swift, Amanda Seyfried, Gwyneth Paltrow, Solange Knowles, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Garcelle Beauvais, Leelee Sobieski, Jaimie Alexander, Jessica Alba, Michelle Williams and Lara Bingle

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