Yesterday's runway presentation of the fall 2013 J. Mendel collection featured slinky Oscar-ready gowns, cozy Aspen-ready sweaters, and a lot of fur. Fur vests, fur jackets, fur trim, a fur bag. Some of the dresses were beautiful and ready for the red carpet; others (the brown satin one, for instance) looked like a cheap shiny mess. Weird, because the J. Mendel gown Taylor Swift wore to the Grammys was sensational. Why so inconsistent?

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