EXCLUSIVE: Isaac Mizrahi is putting his oh-so-Isaac stamp on his debut collection for Liz Claiborne, turning out fun, fashionable looks with a sporty attitude and plenty of vibrant color. Sketches of the collection were obtained by WWD. NEW YORK — Isaac Mizrahi’s debut collection for Liz Claiborne has been a closely guarded secret given the designer’s non-compete agreement with Target Corp., which expires at the end of the year.
The consensus of the first effort? Fresh and smart, with all of Mizrahi’s signatures but more tempered than he’s sometimes been in the past.
There are crisp pantsuits, cheerful colors and the kind of strong design hand Claiborne hasn’t seen in years — from the floral lining on a trenchcoat that coordinates with leggings to the handbags, jewels and shoes. As for prices, sources said they remain the same as always, averaging $30 for a T-shirt and up to $250 for outerwear. The line hits store floors in January.
Clearly Claiborne has a lot riding on Mizrahi, given the core brand accounts for almost 25 percent of the parent company’s volume. At the time of Mizrahi’s appointment at Liz in January, Liz Claiborne Inc. chief executive William L. McComb said enthusiastically, “This is the long-awaited differentiation that Macy’s has been asking for. This is the vital answer to the differentiation.”
Let’s see what the retailers say. They’ll begin seeing the collection today. Meanwhile, Mizrahi is pressing ahead with his own line, with a full-scale show set for the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday including, sources said, specially commissioned music. Isaac Suite, No. 1?
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia