February 14, 2012 New York
Alongside the furs, gowns are the J. Mendel stock-in-trade, and with Oscars looming, Mendel didn't stint on the glam eveningwear. That said, there weren't any gowns at this show that screamed to be seen on the red carpet. One possible exception to that rule was a strapless, gold-beaded sheath; otherwise, his beaded and hammered charmeuse bias-cut gowns were very nice, but not jaw-dropping. On the whole, this was a collection full of ultra-luxe elegant looks that will go down easy with the high net worth J. Mendel customer. That customer is also likely to be very pleased with the debut of J. Mendel bags: The designer introduced the range with a natty, oversize crocodile handbag, lined with mink and alpaca.