Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm
6 at 68th St.-Hunter College; F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.; N, R, W at Fifth Ave.-59th St.
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Celebrities and socialites flock to J. Mendel for a lavish shot of unmistakable style. Once the domain of Upper East Side matrons seeking Mendel’s signature furs, the boutique now caters to both younger and more sophisticated patrons seeking luscious chiffon dresses, sleek canvas trenches, and, yes, all things fur. The two-story flagship shows its ready-to-wear line on the ground floor, where glass-paneled walls reflect work wear, cocktail frocks, and beaded leather clutches in seasonal colors. Ascend the creamy carpeted staircase for made-to-order furs and couture favored by pop divas like J. Lo and Beyonce. While J. Mendel's evening gowns are stunning, the store is particularly strong in chic little party dresses, in a variety of colors and fabrics. Beyond beautifully tailored clothes, the store’s genteel clerks can tell at a glance if a garment will fit you—and break it to you gently when it doesn't.Extra
PETA alert! Streetside protests are frequent throughout the year, and spike during Olympus Fashion Week.