Isaac Mizrahi is a survivor in the notoriously fickle fashion industry, and he shows no signs of slowing down. He just opened a pop-up shop in the Hamptons, launched a denim line, and released a fragrance called Fabulous this spring.
Earlier this week we caught up with the charming designer at the launch of his newest (and arguably oddest) collaboration, with Tweezerman, the brow care brand that pretty much every single makeup artist and brow pro swears by. Isaac Mizrahi’s Limited Edition Designer Collection includes the famous slant tweezer and mini-slant tweezer, as well as emery boards. The tools are available in two prints called “Splatter Paint” and “Candy Dots.” You can snag the colorful tools in late August exclusively at Sephora, and prices range from $5 for the file to $25 for the full-size tweezers.
We chatted with about launching a makeup line, his lack of eyebrows, and the thing he finds weirdest about being a Project Runway All Stars judge.
Fashionista: Why tweezers?
Isaac Mizrahi: Tweezerman is such a great brand. It’s such a reliable, good thing in a woman’s life. My aim as a brand is to befriend a woman, so already you’re starting with this great friendly brand. I’ve always been so manic about brows. I think it’s probably the most important thing a woman has in her beauty arsenal. It starts with her brow.
How did you choose the print on the tools?
I always default to a polka dot. Always. My life is all polka dots. I usually have polka dot lining on my clothes that I make for myself. I figured a bright colorful thing would be really easy to find in the medicine chest.
Do you do any brow maintenance yourself?
I don’t use [the tweezers] for brow purposes. I was born without brows–I have no brows! I use pencils to fill in my brow. Every once in a while I get a stray hair and someone goes, “I’m going to pull this” and I say, “No, no, no!” It’s the one [piece of] evidence I have of a brow.
What’s your preferred brow pencil brand?
I use NARS and I use Makeup Forever. I’m not using it now. I only use it when I’m on camera.
So in light of this beauty collaboration and your new fragrance, does this mean color cosmetics aren’t far behind? So many of your contemporaries, like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, are launching makeup.
I will enter that arena, but I’m not exactly sure when. New things happen everyday. It’s an area that I really want to get into, because I feel like I’m very good at that. I do think that all the products I’ve been licensing lately are things that I really believe in, that resonate with me, and things that I actually have a kind of authority about. Otherwise it doesn’t work for me.
So you’re about to go into your third season as a judge on Project Runway All Stars. Will there be any challenges involving the new tweezers?
[laughs] No, because we just finished taping Thursday and we couldn’t really reveal anything until today.
So what’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen being a judge on Project Runway?
Not something I’ve seen but wearing a suit and tie!
They make you wear a suit and tie?
No, but I feel like if I’m a judge on a fashion competition series I have to be at least kind of neat looking. This season I was in a suit and tie the whole time. It felt really weird because I’m extremely casual and I believe in casual clothes.