A J. Mendel favorite.

NEW YORK — Spring is in the air, but winter was on the minds of many of the women shopping at the J. Mendel trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman here on Thursday.<BR><BR>Designer Gilles Mendel, who received a strong reception to his fall runway show,...

NEW YORK — Spring is in the air, but winter was on the minds of many of the women shopping at the J. Mendel trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman here on Thursday.

Designer Gilles Mendel, who received a strong reception to his fall runway show, was on hand to help his fans find just what they wanted. They weren’t afraid to invest in high-ticket items, considering the three bestsellers — a chocolate brown dyed chinchilla vest at $8,400, a wild mink coat with leather insets at $14,500 and a beige chinchilla jacket at $45,000.

Late last month, Loro Piana celebrated the opening of its expanded concept shop at Bergdorf’s with a trunk show. Hosted by Carolee Yuvienco, Loro Piana’s director of ladies’ sportswear, the event was one of the brand’s strongest to date.

Bestsellers included wide-leg cashmere flannel trousers with a classic fit at $1,390, a crocodile-print silk satin blouse at $790, a knit bouclé jacket with a removable sable collar and velvet cuffs at $3,400 and a leather skirt with a flared scalloped hem for $1,990.

This story first appeared in the May 3, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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