An eye-catching item that makes us want to take a closer look.

BY COURTNEY KENEFICK

Photo: Dani Vernon.

Photo: Dani Vernon.

In his return to the Paris runway—and his first haute couture show—New York-based designer and J. Mendel creative director Gilles Mendel paid homage to the French capital and his native city. Together, the hand-stitched pastel beads and paillettes on this column dress form a pattern inspired by the Tuileries Garden, and bring new meaning to la vie en rose.

J.Mendel embroidered gown, $95,000; jmendel.com

Photo: Courtesy J.Mendel.