You can now practice safe sex with a little help from Isaac Mizrahi.
Giving new meaning to Unzipped, the iconic fashion designer is the latest in a string of designers to strike a partnership with purveyors of stylish condoms, Proper Attire. Joining the likes of Vena Cava, Alexander Wang and Charlotte Ronson, Mizrahi has designed three limited edition sets of packaging for condoms, the proceeds from which will benefit Planned Parenthood.
There's an oversized polka dot print, a pink and white gingham, and a floral, which can be found on both the box and the wrapper (the condom itself is normal). We caught up with Mizrahi to learn a little bit more about his inspiration for the fashiony birth control.
Why did you want to collaborate with Proper Attire and Planned Parenthood? I was so excited to collaborate with Planned Parenthood because I'm about as passionate about their cause as I am about anything. It's really important to me.
How do you approach designing condom packaging? What was your inspiration? I wanted to bring a sense of irony to the packaging of the condom. I wanted to bring a "wholesomeness" to something so sex-oriented.
Did you have any particular type of customer in mind? The customer I had in mind was ALL PENISES EVERYWHERE.
You mention in the press release wanting to bring style and whimsy to condoms, which aren't always so stylish. What other not-so-stylish things do you think could use some style and whimsy? I think uniforms are never sexy or attractive and I've tried to design them and it's impossible... impossible to make so many hard-working people look good.
Are you working on any other fun projects right now that you can tell us about? I'm in the midst of launching a lot of wonderful products in stores across the country, including a collection of shoes, handbags, jeans, children's clothes, men's shirts and ties, among many others. I've been working hard and I can't wait for them to get to the stores. Look out for them!