In the midst of discussing his upcoming daily talk show, his latest psychic reading, his dream of directing a musical and a range of other topics, Isaac Mizrahi had some pointed advice for budding designers — know how to make your own pieces.
NEW YORK — In the midst of discussing his upcoming daily talk show, his latest psychic reading, his dream of directing a musical and a range of other topics, Isaac Mizrahi had some pointed advice for budding designers — know how to make your own pieces.
"That's good advice, know how to do things," said Mizrahi, who fielded questions for 30 minutes at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan recently as part of the first annual Fashion District Arts Festival.
"I know how to make things," said Mizrahi, who went on to say that designers without that ability will find themselves at a disadvantage. "I'm very confident about my ability to make things, that's for sure."
Upon taking the microphone, Mizrahi opted to change the format to an open question-and-answer session, dispensing with what originally had been billed as a panel discussion on his "creative process and the intersection of the arts in the fashion world." The hopscotching of topics seemed fitting for a designer whose work runs the gamut from costume design to clothing at Bergdorf Goodman and Target.
Mizrahi is gearing up for a new daily hour-long talk show that will be airing on the Style network in coming months. In preparation, he's moved his offices into a new space on 10th Avenue that is equal parts design and television studio. Only a glass wall divides the TV studio from the design area.
"If it doesn't rate, well, at least everyone will copy the set," quipped Mizrahi, who said the show will have a live audience.
On the topic of celebrity designers, Mizrahi shrugged: "Some celebrities are very good designers." For instance, Mizrahi said he had just seen something from Gwen Stefani that he liked. He wouldn't wear it, but he liked it.
Mizrahi insisted his approach with his products for Target is the same as that with his collection for Bergdorf. He also believes consumers are willing to accept both.
"I don't really believe rich people won't tolerate inexpensive clothes," Mizrahi said. "People think I have huge staffs of people that design for Target and I do. But I am so involved with every step, you have no idea."
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.