Me and Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi is a fashion and costume designer, TV presenter, actor, and currently the subject of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City. He’s totally out there in the best sense of the word — smart, witty, and supremely confident.

I met him at a trunk show 20 years ago. I remember the day because it was a snowstorm and I wore big, clumsy boots. On my way into Bergdorf Goodman, two women stepped out of a limousine wearing sling-back pumps. It was one of those moments when you realize you’d like a limousine.

Isaac and I had a little chat on a couple of subjects I would like to share:

#1. Feel free about separating a suit. Wear the skirt with a sweater. Wear the pants with a shirt. Just make sure to dry clean them together.

#2. There are many shades of black and they don’t have to match.

#3. If you think “I could never wear that” you should try it on.

#4. Pink shoes mean you have plenty of black shoes in your closet.


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10 Comments to Me and Isaac Mizrahi

  1. Debbie's Gravatar Debbie
    April 8, 2016 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    Sounds like you and Isaac are cut from the same cloth–“Smart, witty, and supremely confident”!!

  2. Erica Rose's Gravatar Erica Rose
    April 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this and taking a cue from #3!

  3. Vika's Gravatar Vika
    April 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    “There are many shades of black.” All the bias – shattered. So simple and so staggering. Wow! In fact, black is a new white. The perfect neutral background for any further completion and decoration. It never gets in or out of fashion. My favorite color.

    P:S – But I do need a pair of pink shoes anyway 🙂

  4. Judith's Gravatar Judith
    April 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ellen,
    I have bad feet. Horrible feet. So horrible that I have worn unadorned (and unadored) black shoes, winter and summer, for eons. This summer I lashed out. I had a brain snap and bought mauve suede sandles. I know. Clearly a moment of total insanity – or wickedness. But. How I have loved those sandles. Worn them every day over summer …. and I must had had on average 2 compliments each time I wore them. People (genuinely) marvelled. Mauve! Suede! I felt young again. And almost sexy. Those sandles transformed my summer.
    So if by chance, you can’t find pink. May I respectfully suggest mauve?

  5. April 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Dearest Ellen,
    Fabulous! I have always loved his aesthetic and wonderful taste. I need to get some pink shoes. Now!

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Ellen Lubin-Sherman

Some say she's tart and arch, but she knows fabulous when she sees it, and that's what she writes about. Get her book, The Essentials of Fabulous, on Amazon. More about me...