While we love peeping next season’s trends and scoping out street style during NYFW, we have to admit that the whole scramble-sit-watch-applaud-repeat drill can wear thin by week’s end. Thank goodness, then, for designers like Isaac Mizrahi, who consistently manage to add a little levity to their presentations.
Each seat card at Mizrahi’s show bore only one word, “CAKE,” and that perfectly summed up the delectable, whimsical collection. Each model was outfitted with a poodle-style black pouf atop her head–shades of Dr. Suess, albeit far more chic–and the looks ranged from classic tea dresses to crisp A-line lady coats to ribbed turtlenecks worn over mermaid-silhouette faille skirts, all in candy-sweet shades of mint, tangerine, and bubblegum pink. And, clearly as a nod to the sock-hop-era poodle skirt, there were fitted pencil skirts embellished with sparkling poodle brooches. Evening gowns shimmering with pearls, sequins, or a combination of the two were definite showstoppers, and shorter day dresses bore exaggerated bows (some hugging the models’ shoulders, others decorating the back of the look).
As for the main attraction at Mizrahi’s show, however–who let the dogs out? Several models hit the runway heeled by pom-pom-trimmed pooches, each dyed to match its handler’s ensemble. We loved seeing Tati Cotliar, all glammed up in rose-hued sequins, cooing to her pink-haired puppy. And to further sweeten the deal, dapper guys carrying sparkling tiered cakes circled the catwalk too. By the time Mizrahi took his victory lap alongside a trotting standard poodle, photog Bill Cunningham couldn’t help but spring from his front-row seat to capture the moment. We left Exit Art grinning ear to ear; in short, this made for a playful Fashion Week palate cleanser.
**All photos: IMAXTREE