Gilles Mendel was inspired by elements of nature and Ryan McGinley’s vibrant photographs in creating his Fall 2010 collection. This collection, with a new downtown edge, featured an innovative blend of fabrications and fur focusing on lightweight textural styles, including a superb pecan dyed patchwork silver fox wrap and a chic muskrat and Finn raccoon asymmetrical belted vest. A sequined brown wool dress with fox epaulettes is sure to attract a younger crowd. Rich darks - brown, black, red and blue – gave an opulent edge to Mendel’s looks as in a black fitted Swakara coat with A-line collar. Known for sophisticated eveningwear, Mendel didn’t disappoint with his molten red mousseline dress worn with a dyed silver fox vest with sequin panel. A black dyed Kopenhagen Fur mink asymmetrical bolero reminded us of Mendel’s mastery. This new balance of downtown and uptown was a trip worth taking.