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Counter Punch: Professor Mizrahi

<STRONG>PROFESSOR MIZRAHI:</STRONG> Isaac Mizrahi gave a breakfast seminar at Bergdorf Goodman last Wednesday to kick off a two-day trunk show that resulted in $150,000 in fall orders.<BR><BR>After about 25 invited Mizrahi customers filled their...

PROFESSOR MIZRAHI: Isaac Mizrahi gave a breakfast seminar at Bergdorf Goodman last Wednesday to kick off a two-day trunk show that resulted in $150,000 in fall orders.

After about 25 invited Mizrahi customers filled their coffee cups and munched on salmon sandwiches, the designer ran through several looks from his fall collection, explaining the fabrics, color mixes and lengths. One floor-length camel-colored coat with a face-hugging hood brought recollections of the past winter.

“When I was designing this coat, I was thinking how I never want to be cold again,” said Mizrahi as he puffed on a few morning Marlboros. During a pause in the parade of models, he turned to the subdued audience and said, “Hey, how about those Knicks?”

But the point of the seminar was to show different options in the collection. As outfits featuring short layered tulle skirts walked by, the designer held up a coordinating skirt and pants, noting, “You don’t have to wear the tutu.”

Top sellers were a wool flannel check suit, consisting of a Norfolk jacket at $875 and coordinating teacup skirt at $295, which sold eight units each; 11 silk taffeta blouses in various bright shades at $435; seven wool tulle tutus, at $625; nine wool drawstring dresses at $775, and seven cropped pea coats, in wool velvet at $795 or camel hair at $985.