Gilles Mendel can cut a party dress but even he couldn’t help but stress the pantsuit for spring. The trend that walked a thousand runways for fall, the suit (presented here more as evening wear than work wear) made appearances alongside the statement dresses Mendel does so well. This time, the designer played with pleats, softened by flowing fabric and hardened with leather collars. Fur, a staple at J. Mendel, made an appearance, too. Hey, we’ve been seeing a lot of leather for spring/summer, so is fur really a big surprise?