Isaac Mizrahi Couture Collection

Tuesday, November 14, Isaac Mizrahi presented Spring Collection 2006 Part II, his latest woman’s Couture Collection at 475 Tenth Avenue. Part I was presented in May of this year.

The collection, which came in 2 parts: couture and semi-couture, was shown by appointment only, to an exclusive set of fashion editors and buyers, at his studio — the same studio where his TV show ‘Isaac’ is filmed. Present during the morning were: Anna Wintour of Vogue, Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar, Amy Astley of Teen Vogue, Stefano Tonchi of The New York Times Magazine, Hal Rubenstein and Freddie Leiba of In-Style, and an old friend, Ellen Saltzman.

Isaac making his presentation to the editors

In an era where major designers re-invent themselves to meet the changing fashion times, Isaac Mizrahi is the leader of the pack. Here is a very talented designer who survived his changing fashion fortunes by crossing over to film and television and back. His unique brazenness is stamped on everything he does including this couture collection.

Only Isaac Mizrahi, who acts independently of what other designers do, can go from mass to couture (from Target to Bergdorf). He will dance to his own tune and get away with it. ‘There are no rules’, he represents in the first issue of his own style magazine, Isaac’s Style Book. The magazine is available on his website,

He believes in revamping his best sellers, like the potato sack pants; taking them further, by adding details, using beautiful fabrics, to make it a couture garment (to make it that “One woman, one occasion dress”) – special garments that will make the woman feel confident and different.

The jewels in the semi-couture collection (priced from $1200-5000) are the green cocktail dress and ‘Isaac thinks pink’ dress; from the 4 piece couture collection (priced from $10000-12000) is a lilac bell-sleeved dress, worn with a petticoat with chenille dots. The collection is sold at Bergdorf Goodman.

The atmosphere was fresh, fun and informal at the showing. “Who knows? I am sure I am going to do another fashion show”, spills the passionate Isaac Mizrahi, in a video interview.

We look forward to it, because American fashion needs mavericks.

-Anna Bayle

Lookonline welcomes our newest contributor to the Daily Fashion Report supermodel Anna Bayle. Anna was one of the very top fashion models of the 1980’s and early 1990’s and she has been called the first Asian supermodel. Anna has just started her own website and blog at And while she has a video with highlights from her brilliant runway career and a gallery of photos by famous photographers, her blog addresses some interesting subjects from “The Model and Her Ego: It Is Not About Me” to a conversation with Jean Jacques Picart about Asians in the modelling world.



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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