Neither category is new for Mizrahi, who has included coats in his sportswear collections throughout his 31 years in business. He first dabbled in bridal in the Eighties by designing couture gowns for such clients as Melissa Huffine, who married Nuno Brandolini. “It was so exciting and memorable. It was this big wedding in Southampton,” Mizrahi said. “I designed her dress and some of the little kids’ clothes. It looked like a [John Singer] Sargent painting.”
This fall the designer will also debut collections for accessories, denim, home, infantwear, housewares, tabletop and kitchen. Xcel Brands has signed a license to sell the Isaac Mizrahi New York bridal line exclusively at Kleinfeld. Mizrahi will unveil his new wedding gowns at a noontime runway show at Kleinfeld on April 18, and the collection will be available at the West 20th Street store the following day.
The designer and the store’s co-owner Mara Urshel go back to her buyer days at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she championed Mizrahi early on in his career. Together, they have developed an 18-piece collection of ballgowns, sheaths and hourglass silhouettes that will retail from $2,500 to $6,000 at the 35,000-square-foot flagship, which caters to 17,000 brides each year. Mizrahi is particularly excited about the fragile gingham he developed that appears to be a sheer overlay. “There is something wonderfully American classic and chic about it,” he said.
For outerwear, Xcel Brands signed a licensing deal with Fleet Street to develop women’s and children’s outerwear carrying the Isaac Mizrahi New York label. “From the very beginning, I have had a good coat business,” said Mizrahi, adding that he had a licensing deal with Fairbrooke in the Nineties.
Parkas and peacoats are among the new offerings, but his personal favorites are the simple, chic styles such as a double-breasted coat with a large lapel. The 25-piece line will retail from $120 to $250.
With the outerwear and bridal good to go, Mizrahi is gearing up for all the other launches this fall. As for why he is adding so much at once, Mizrahi said, “There is a synergy to all of this. There is a model I’m following that so many of my peers and predecessors have used. Promotion breeds promotion. Plus, I have always been a lifestyle kind of guy.”
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Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
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@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)