True genius means bringing something totally fresh to the table, something that both benefits and engages everyone seeking involvement. This is exactly what the infamously over-the-top and incredibly brilliant Isaac Mizrahi did with his Spring 2010 show.
As eager attendees entered a deeply lit room playing soft Astaire-era music, setting a clear tone for the entire show, they began to wonder how the Old-Hollywood style stage lift and obstacle-course like runway would come in to play. Once the presentation started, Mizrahi’s vision became clear…inspired by the days of Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly, romantic pastel skirts and sequin embellished lapels vibrantly graced the stage for all to see perfectly. Seats did not matter, personalities did not matter: all eyes were glued to one place, simply in awe.
With the integration of everything from bustled tulle ball gowns with enormous rosettes to satin tuxedos with spectator pumps and boating hats, the perfect mix of girlish glamour and androgynous strength proved just enough to enthuse all simpletons and style-setters alike. True beauty in fabric form led a classic throwback to gain new meaning and spark the imagination to develop unique interpretations of re-inventing trends.
Yet just as the collection began to satisfy beyond all expectations, the garments of course speaking for themselves, Isaac pulled out all the stops. Rain poured down from the ceiling, male models escorted their ladies under umbrellas, looks glided across the runway every which way and closers entered the floor via golf carts. Every detail from accessory to spotlight was taken in to consideration and for good cause.
A showman he certainly is, a tastemaker even more so. After a Spring 2010 Fashion Week that definitely had our minds racing in a million directions, we could not have found a better way back to a clear, inspired mind. Isaac definitely stole the season.
By Malorie Kaye