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J. Mendel adds tailored menswear looks to the frothy mix

A model walks the runway at the J.

A model walks the runway at the J. Mendel Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the N.Y. State Armory in Manhattan. (Feb. 15, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Designer Gilles Mendel can do anything. First it was luxe furs, then achingly beautiful dresses and gowns. At his show at the tents on Wednesday evening he added a series of razor-sharp menswear-inspired pieces to his repertoire -- trousers, turtlenecks, jackets and coats -- some of these turned out with fur on the sleeves or bodies. The first look, a sleek felt coat, featured tonal tribal appliqué -- a tattoo-like design -- a theme that was repeated on furs, and intricately beaded illusion tops, dresses and gowns to great effect throughout the show. We’d be surprised if a pale pink embroidered confection didn’t show up on a red carpet real soon.

Also new: Mendel branded felt booties and high slim boots also embroidered. The longer versions doubled as leggings and looked swell. Program notes suggested that the collection would appeal to “the coterie of cool-girl J. Mendel customers.” That went without saying.

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