NEW YORK — Only Isaac Mizrahi could read fur as a silver metallic shearling.
That is among the unconventional styles in his new fur collection for Alixandre Furs, which is on display at the Fashion Coterie trade show through Tuesday.
Out to try to erase younger women’s somewhat dated view of fur coats, Mizrahi has come up with 14 mostly shearling-lined pieces, including a jean jacket, a cropped blazer, parka, peacoat and a toggle coat. Instead of being housed solely in coat departments of department and better specialty stores, the collection hopes to find a home in Scoop and other stores popular with style-conscious customers.
There are also plans for Mizrahi to do a more upscale fur collection with Alixandre, to be introduced in April, that will retail from $1,700 to $8,000.
During an interview Thursday at Mizrahi’s showroom, Larry Schulman, vice president of Alixandre Furs, insisted this is not another case of an absentee designer slapping his name on a new category. “We don’t take liberties here. We have good taste, but we’re not the designer.”
In fact, Schulman and Mizrahi have known each other for 25 years, since their days working with Perry Ellis. Once the madcap designer was doing his own line, he turned to Alixandre to make a big sable coat, which Iman wore in one of his first runway shows. “Remember? It was stolen after the show,” said Mizrahi. With his varied interests and theatrical tendencies, there always seems to be a back story with Mizrahi, such as “the doughnut,” the designer’s nickname for a ring-shaped fur that was designed to be worn any which way, that Alixandre made for another runway show.
Mizrahi credits Schulman for teaching him the ropes about fur. “Yes, he’s graduated from our Fur 101,” said Schulman.
Isaac Mizrahi for Alixandre will retail from $1,400 to $3,000 and is expected to be sold in 100 stores this fall. First-year projected wholesale volume is between $2 million and $2.6 million, Schulman said.
Tracy Geller-Doyle, vice president of marketing and sales for Isaac Mizrahi for Alixandre, said, “I don’t anticipate walking into the Coterie and seeing anything like this. Isaac and Larry have really gone to bat to put the best line out there.”Truth be told, Isaac Mizrahi for Alixandre is one of the first collections Coterie shoppers see, since the booth is strategically positioned right near the main entrance. Don’t look for the “Unzipped” star to be hawking the line, though. Oprah Winfrey has called on his expertise for a post-Oscar critique on her show today. As for whether he will plug the new fur line on the show, the enterprising Target designer said: “Oh, I don’t know. There’s so much I have to mention.”
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The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)