29 May 2012
We’re thrilled to welcome Isaac Mizrahi, Founder and Creative Director of Isaac Mizrahi New York, who’s going to share some tips on how to live a Stylish Life…
NW: Thanks for joining us today, Isaac! It’s such a treat to have you. So tell us, what have you been up to? Any new or cool projects you’re working on?
IM: Thanks for having me, Amanda. Always a pleasure. Well, I’m currently working on a lot of new licenses like shoes & handbags, baby clothes, kitchenware & tabletop and bridal. It’s very exciting because it represents a full lifestyle for my brand and the more I do, the easier it gets and the more meaningful it seems.
NW: That’s amazing. We can’t wait to see all the new goodies. And we loved attending your fashion show at Kleinfeld (thanks for having us:) Tell us a little bit more about the line you’ve created for them.
IM: The first dress I ever did for my own label was a wedding dress. I have a special place in my heart for brides. My collection for Kleinfeld brings something singular and special to the market; a youthful elegant style that has been my hallmark since day one. The collection features 18 gowns ranging from unique ball gowns to modern sheaths. Retail prices will range from $2500 – $6000. Satin, charmeuse and taffeta gowns are accented by blush colored lace, grosgrain ribbon, and gingham patterned silk. Just gorgeous.
Photos courtesy of Isaac Mizrahi
NW: Oooh gorgeous indeed! One area I think our readers would love to learn more about is your thoughts on how to the bridge the gap between the Runway and Home. How do you think people find inspiration from collections shown on the runway and translate that look & feel into their homes?
IM: I believe people have to create decor with the same senses that they cook and eat with. Everyone knows what they hunger for and it’s a matter of giving in to it and balancing it. Encourage passion within yourself. Have fun doing it and don’t be afraid!
NW: That’s a very good point – not to be afraid! Help us demystify creating a personal style even more…just as in fashion, people are sometimes intimidated about expressing their style, and often second guess themselves about what to wear and how to wear it. This is a common dilemma when it comes to decorating your home… how can people blend fashion and style into their home and feel comfortable and confident doing it? Should they pick a specific color, fabric, pattern and then use that as a basis to inform all their decisions?
IM: I always work with DESIGN BOARDS when I’m working on an interior. I collect things I like — photos, paint swatches and fabrics. I work on the board obsessively until I think it looks amazing. I’m ruthless about editing it. At the end I have a perfect scheme for a room / house / etc. It takes the pressure off too because before you know it you’ve answered the tough questions.
NW: Mood Boards – check – thank you, Isaac. Continuing on with advice, if you had one tidbit of wisdom to share when it comes to creating a registry and/or developing/expressing your personal style, what would that be?
IM: The ONE WORD I think that truly captures the whole idea of personal style is HONESTY. If you’re honest about what you really, really love and what you dislike you should not make any mistakes. Remember, it’s you who has to live in the world you create, not your mother or your co-workers or your old home-ec teachers!
NW: And now for the fun part… since you recently got married (congratulations by the way!), tell us your favorite gift picks. We’ll make sure to give your friends the hint;)
IM: I am a die hard Yankees fan, I watch almost every game or listen in the car when traveling to QVC. One of my greatest passions is the ballet. I most recently designed costumes for Beaux at the San Francisco Ballet and A Choral Fantasy at BAM.
And, in the spirit of Mood Boards, here’s a little collage of some things I’d enjoy at home – going with a color theme of gold, white and gray…
Isaac is an avid cook and baker (and, loves making ice cream – which by the way, you can also make using a blender – niffy, right?). For tabletop, here are a few Isaac loves, inspired by his new bridal collection.
The Jasper Conran Platinum Striped Tea Cup & Saucer are part of the City Chateau pre-mix and matched tabletop collection on NewlyWish.
Stay tuned for more Style Files from our favorite people in the coming weeks!