Guru of glamour, Gilles Mendel's couture quality evening designs opulently filled the sale space when I dropped by this morning. Unlike their last sale in March, J. Mendel's renowned fur collection was not as plentiful this time around. There was only a limited selection of vests, jackets, muffs, shrugs, scarves, and earmuffs to choose from. Still, if you're interested in prices, fur scarves (available in raccoon, white chinchilla, fox, mink, and coyote) were $800~$2,000. In addition, fox muffs and raccoon earmuffs were marked down to $500 and $100 respectively.
The Ready-to-Wear section was mostly comprised of dresses, skirts, and jackets. Items worth mentioning include a python knee-length skirt for $980 (originally $3,950 & 4th photo below), a silver fox cropped fur jacket for $1,500 (originally $5,450 & 5th photo below), a micro-tweed dress for $485 (originally $1,950 & 2nd photo below), a ballerina pink pleated tulle dress for $600 (originally $6,950 & 7th photo below), a V-neck sage green dress for $850 (originally $6,200 & photo above), a sleeveless fuchsia dress for $500 (originally $3,500 & 1st photo below), a fitted floral print dress for $500 (originally $3,500 & 3rd photo below), and a sultry black leather corset top for $100 (originally $700 & 6th photo below). As you can see, you can't expect pocket change price points at this sale (after all, this is J. Mendel) but discounts were generous nonetheless.
The selection of evening gowns and cocktail dresses were stunning. Prices roughly ranged from $600 to $1,200 and I spotted many intricate designs and detailings including exquisite beadings, ethereal chiffons, and silky satins. The five racks full of gorgeous outfits will certainly make you dream of going somewhere very glamorous. Speaking of, I was happy and surprised to find this exact same dress at today's sale. It was marked down to $1,000 from $4,500.
Accessories were displayed on tables located on the left side of the room by the windows. There were handbags, clutches, fur scarves, and earmuffs. Handbags were available in various styles like mink-trimmed totes ($750), calfskin Midi Bugattis, chain-strap shoulder bags, and elegant minaudières ($450).
Last but not least, let me report on the shoes. Manolo Blahnik x J. Mendel pumps and Mary Janes were available for only $100 at today's sale. Adjacent to the boxed up Manolos, there were two bargain bins containing noticeably worn Christian Louboutin sandals for $50.
This week's J. Mendel sample sale is intended to be a private event but the staff discreetly told me that all Mizhattanites are welcome to shop tomorrow and Thursday at 265 W. 37th Street 17th Floor. They also gave me a sneak peek at the sample racks that will be available tomorrow. Amongst these racks, shoppers will be able to find colorful and head-turning floor length gowns for only $100! J. Mendel evening dresses for $100?! Now that's worth dropping by for, don't you think?