Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2011 Review
Looks from the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2011 collection
SHOW: Isaac Mizrahi
ACCESSORIES: Poodle brooches, poodle-inspired headpieces, lots of kitten heels, and exactly one statement necklace
HAIR: Eugene Souleiman
MAKEUP: Val Garland
FRONT ROW: Glenda Bailey, Lauren Ezersky, Linda Fargo, Robert Verdi, Veronica Webb, Johnny Weir
HIGHLIGHT: The poodle dyed the same tangerine color as the coat of its handler/model
OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Uptown luxury, the Mizrahi way
Upon arriving for Isaac Mizrahi’s Fall 2011 collection and running into waiters holding trays of sliced chocolate cake with mint green frosting, we knew we were in for another classic Isaac show. But when we noticed that the run of show included a credit for a dog groomer and had only the names of the models rather than the actual details of the clothes, we realized we were in for more of a variety show than anything else.
Cue the dyed poodles, poodle-inspired poufs atop models’ heads, and three-tier cakes held by male models dressed as chefs that punctuated the actual looks hitting Mizrahi’s sales floor come September.
The fashions themselves came across as a fantastical take on uptown luxe—picture huge bows on everything from major coats (mostly in pastels but some in hot pink and gray) to printed dresses to clutches.
Many of the clothes seemed made for evening and the candy colors would have made you think you were looking at a Spring collection. There were a few pieces that seemed versatile in the age category (a full gray skirt that reached the ankles), but for the most part, this seemed more of a department store–shopper’s dream world.
Some pieces, like the multicolored sequin dresses in pink and blue tones, suggested the kaleidoscope of a candy bin but are hard to picture on anything but the runway.
Mizrahi is known for his sartorial witticisms, so you can’t really say you didn’t see it coming.