Kempt Man of the Hour: Isaac Mizrahi
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
Dashing designer Isaac Mizrahi makes a splash but always stays on the safe side of zany—no easy feat when you're establishing yourself as a too-*beaucoup* TV personality. Though his women's clothes and various bringing-style-to-the-masses projects get all the attention, he turned out a damn fine men's collection for Fall 2008, which was good enough to get the nod from Bergdorf's.
Mizrahi's men's line elegantly expresses his own sense of style, as evidenced by the ensemble he sported at the Food Bank for New York City's anniversary awards gala at the Chelsea Piers the other night. On the face of it, a classic and simple enough black and white combo jazzed up with the addition of an ascot; but the key element here is the deployment of two different polka dots adding a subtle swagger.
The pattern pileup works because the shirt and scarf adhere to the same color scheme but differ greatly, yet complementarily, in scale, while the swath of plain white underneath provides a neutral ground. The jacket is by Loro Piana, the ascot is Turnbull & Asser and the shoes are Prada; the jeans and shirts are Mizrahi's own designs.
You're probably thinking only an expert like Isaac could pull it off, but pay attention and you might just learn something here.
- Jared Paul Stern