Gilles Mendel’s fur collections for J.Mendel grew over the years to include extensive ready-to-wear looks, often with day and evening clothes that were as beautiful as the furs. This was not quite the case for spring, which had just a few impressive rtw exits. The best examples: a white leather, angled coat over a crepe-and-leather minidress for day and the hand-pleated silk-chiffon gowns — one an ivory bustier tea-length version, the others color-blocked and to the floor. But when Mendel played with prints for panels and sleeve details, it sometimes looked forced. A few furs, however, were top-notch: the turquoise diagonal let-out mink coat and a lime broadtail cape were winners.