Sep 102007


NEW YORK, September 08, 2007 – Helen Lee Schifter already has one favorite J. Mendel fur. So her front-row perch along with Dr. Lisa Airan, Mary J. Blige, and Rachel Roy at the French furrier’s show was a good place to look for her next. She adores her J. Mendel shrunken bolero in sable. “It is that good dark brown Russian sable, too,” she said. “Not that, you know, yucky one with the gold tinge.”

Showing fur for spring seems like it could be a challenge, but for Schifter at least there’s nothing better than a summer-weight skin like the tissue-thin white goatskin coat she finds just as versatile as a trench.

So what might she be looking for come next year? How about the belted honey mink with the eyelet lacing? Or a lightweight gray Astrakhan coat? Or even some of the non-fur pieces, like any one of the mousseline dresses with their air of early eighties disco diva, a look amplified quite literally by the big, bouncing, blown-out hair of the models. That era was also heard on the preshow soundtrack, including an aural appearance by The Smiths. No need to point out how incongruous that was.

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