New York; Fall 2011: Isaac Mizrahi
“Cake” was the befitting title for Isaac Mizrahi’s fall 2011 collection. The designer’s latest pieces were inspired by cake and poodles! The show opened with pastel poodles and party cakes. Seven cakes to be exact, were inspired by the dresses were provided by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and were carried down the runway on silver platters. Also Introduced was “dog” detailing on the models which consisted of poodle-themed pins, earrings and up-do’s that coordinated with the dog models trotting down the runway. Mizrahi’s collection included As for the clothes, the designer whipped up ultra-feminine frocks for every occasion (matching pup not included). A calf-grazing charcoal skirt with a matching long sleeve top worked business-casual while dresses in mint, lavender, and electric pink owned the nighttime affairs. Most compelling was Mizrahi’s lack of detailing for fall; the clean silhouettes hit a home run with only a well placed over-sized bow here or there. Scattered among the parade of fuss-free frocks were easy mix-n-match pieces from floral print coats with cigarette pants to deep-v knits atop elegant ball gown skirts. Variety, practicality, and a dose of feminine appeal make this fall line a retailer’s dream.