Leave it to Isaac Mizrahi to infuse his show with some humor. Presenting his newest collection to the public on September 16, 2010, each chair in the auditorium received a funky button made of what appeared to be a xerox of an abstract flower. The soundtrack for the runway show featured a mix of pop, hip hop, and rap tunes. And the show entitled IM Xerox showcased most prominently xeroxed patterns in trompe l’oeil fashion printed on lady-like suits and cocktail dresses. All together, the show was quite an eclectic and creative combinated of elements (including Johnny Weir in some comically eye-catching fur front row).
But despite the fun use of oversized resin collars and cuffs, rhinestone peter pan necklaces, and over-the-top floral patterns, I couldn’t help but feeling that the Isaac Mizrahi Spring/Summer 2011 collection lacked the important element of cohesion. An envelope-pushing trompe l’oeil cocktail number would be followed by a strapless floor-length black gown fit only for the red carpet. The only thing keeping the two items in the same collection would be a pair of white resin cuffs with which the aforementioned gown would be paired; however, it seemed more like an afterthought rather than a carefully constructed link between the various items in the show. While I loved the silly perspective with which Isaac Mizrahi created this collection and praise the incredible craftsmanship and beauty of the items presented, I only wish he had kept one solid point-of-view more strongly throughout.
All photos of the show can be found here.
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