Here we are at the end of Fashion Week, and the last day has provided us with some parting shots that certainly don't disappoint. From classic glamour at Ralph Lauren to dyed poodles at Isaac Mizrahi, the final day was certainly a memorable one.
For the eighth and final day of Fashion Week, we're eying glam, red-carpet worthy gowns, edgy cool separates, and leather — lots of leather. We get a dose of ladylike dressing in candy-colors from Isaac Mizrahi, minimalist-perfection from Calvin, and evening gowns begging for a turn at the Oscars, courtesy of Ralph Lauren. Click through to see the looks topping my list as NYFW comes to a close.
You know it's going to be a good time at the show when a) you're greeted by a cute waiter offering slices of chocolate cake, and b) among the show notes, it credits "Dog Grooming: The Salty Paw." This is the world of Isaac, man of endless charisma and good humor, who can present zippy, fresh womenswear with a wink and a little dose of kitsch. First, a word on colors: candy pink, lavender, citrus orange, and sky blue dominated, along with two oversized floral prints. Now the dogs: mini poodles literally wore a technicolor coat, dyed to match their model masters. If you could tear your eyes away from the entertaining spectacle, you could enjoy the clothes, which were fresh and a bit retro, referencing a halcyon world of ladies who lunch with their dogs by their feet and have glamorous events by night. The highlights — a citrus dress with a slim black v-neck and a seafoam green maxi skirt under a long black turtleneck sweater — showed Isaac's knack for mixing fancy and casual. Ice skater Johnny Weir, watching from the front row while draped in a seafoam green fur jacket and jeans, looked like he had gotten just that kind of styling lesson from Isaac.
- Trends: Floral prints, maxi skirts, candy color, retro femininity.
- Colors: Pink, lavender, sky blue, citrus, black, gray.
- Key Looks: A black turtleneck sweater layered over a seafoam green skirt.
- Accessories: Dyed-to-match poodles — not seriously, of course.
- Who Would Wear It: While we love Johnny Weir, we think young celebs like Emma Roberts should embrace Isaac's gowns for the red carpet.
If you had the chance to talk fashion with designers Charlotte Ronson and Isaac Mizrahi, what would you want to know? Time to start brainstorming and honing in on your fashionable queries because both the fabulous Charlotte and Isaac are joining us LIVE from NYFW to do just that — talk fashion with all of you. Be sure to post your questions via comments to get the designers' style insight here today, and check back with us later at 6 p.m. EST, to watch the interviews LIVE.For more information, click here.
>> After last week's rumor suggesting that Google is launching ecommerce on Wednesday, a few clarifying details have come up: the initiative Boutiques.com is actually a curation of virtual boutiques; visitors won't be able to purchase directly from Google but rather, will click through to a brand's online store or an online retailer like Saks, Net-a-Porter, or Barneys to purchase the item.
There are at least 19 designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Cynthia Rowley, Marchesa, Isaac Mizrahi, Tracy Reese, Prabal Gurung, and Erin Fetherston, who have been invited to set up virtual stores on the site. There will also be curated boutiques selling looks worn by celebrities and influencers like Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, Emma Watson, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe, and Michelle Obama. Sarah Jessica Parker has been asked to set up her own personalized shop, and a handful of high profile bloggers are also said to have been invited to curate their own boutiques in exchange for a low five-figure payment.
The idea is to have any user be able to do the same — create and share their own personalized boutique with items, brands, and looks they prefer. Elements of entertainment, gaming, and social media are also planned.
If you've watched Bravo lately, you've most likely seen the overly dramatic commercials for Iman and Isaac Mizrahi's new show, The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection. Actually, this is season two of The Fashion Show with Isaac and singer Kelly Rowland. Remember that one? But there's a brand-new twist this time around: 12 expert designers will be split into two fashion houses, and each house will work together to produce an entire fashion show every week. By that I mean, not only will they be designing the clothes, but also the set, lighting, and music. Harper's Bazaar's Laura Brown will also serve on the panel. Does this new show — debuting tonight at 10 p.m. on Bravo — intrigue you?
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>> Iman Joins Isaac Mizrahi as Co-Host of Bravo's The Fashion Show —Although Alessandra Ambrosio was rumored for the position, Bravo just announced that Iman has signed on to replace Kelly Rowland as co-host of fashion competition series The Fashion Show. She joins host Isaac Mizrahi, who is returning for the second season. In the release, Iman notes: "I am so excited to be joining the Bravo team and to be working again with Isaac Mizrahi, my close friend of many, many years. I am also looking forward to all of the behind-the-scenes excitement and drama that is generated through the creative process of these undiscovered fashion designers. This will certainly be a show any follower of fashion will want to see.” The show is currently holding open calls and will air later this year.
Circa '99, green was my favorite color, so I was elated to see the earthy tone back in action on the Fall '10 runways. During New York Fashion Week, a mass resurrection of green in every color variation — forest, olive, chartreuse, apple, and hunter green — spawned decadent beaded gowns, tailored blazers, and my fave, anoraks. A classic color reinvented? We seem to think so.
Last night we celebrated Isaac Mizrahi's new lifestyle collection for QVC with the designer himself and a few of his fashion friends—including Glenda Bailey, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Katrina Bowden.
A section of his studio space in Manhattan's West Side was set up with a television installation—from oversized Sixties sets to modern day plasma screens—each displaying videos of Mizrahi interacting with QVC hosts and a selection of his new product line. In between posing for photos with fans, the always lovely Isaac told us his favorite item was a scarf printed with images of his dog. (There were also plates featuring the pup's mug.) Sadly, there was none of that famous cheesecake on hand, but we did love the look of an oversized tartan throw, a silver and gold tea set ($40), and one very small cross-body saddle bag.
Isaac Mizrahi Live! will debut on QVC December 4 - 7.
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