Exclusive! Isaac Mizrahi on LoHud, red carpets and Britney Spears

Before dishing the details behind his late-January car accident that fractured his hip, Isaac Mizrahi talked to Suburbarazzi about a wider range of topics during the same exclusive sit-down interview.

At the start of this Feb. 24 discussion at the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester, topics included his previous visit to LoHud territory, his thoughts on Hollywood stars who could use StriVectin (the anti-wrinkle cream he was pitching that day) and his genuine appreciation of Britney Spears. He also discussed why he doesn’t plan on doing any more red carpet analysis for the Oscars.

<blockquote><div>When was the last time you were in Westchester, Putnam or Rockland?

I know I came here with my mother when I was a kid, and it was this Lord & Taylor. This is sort of a real flagship Lord & Taylor. I know when I was a kid, I came here but that was probably the last time. But I have to say, on my way in, I was considering (the area), because it’s such a great alternative, because it only took an hour to get here.

So who in Hollywood in most in need of StriVectin?

(Laughs and “oohs� come from Mizrahi’s entourage and Lord & Taylor personnel.) I think a lot people in Hollywood have too much face work. I really do. I wish before they had the work done they had thought a little bit about the stretch mark cream. Because I think everybody (with plastic surgery) looks odd; I really do. First of all, I can tell usually that they’ve had the work done. I don’t know who they think they’re fooling.

Speaking of Hollywood, are you doing the red carpet (analysis at the Oscars)? </div></blockquote>

Find out Mizrahi’s answer, his favorite Hollywood red carpet fashionistas and his take on Britney Spears after the break.

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Exclusive! Isaac Mizrahi on car crash: ‘I thought we were finished’

Forgive me; I hadn’t known why fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi was clinging to a walker to amble around the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester. After sitting in a large green chair in a makeshift green room of Lord & Taylor’s third-floor executive offices, some of the staff commended him for his recovery — but no one actually mentioned what happened. I decided to wait until toward the end of my one-on-one interview to ask about it, in case it was a sensitive subject.

It turns out that 10 days before he showed off his fall collection at a Feb. 5 Fashion Week show, Mizrahi was in a car accident in the Hamptons and fractured his pelvis. In a picture accompanying a New York Post story, I was shocked to see the image of him in a wheelchair and, evidently, so was the Fashion Week audience.

From what I could gather from research after the interview, Mizrahi’s been relatively quiet about the accident in the weeks that followed. So his detailed account of the accident appears to be an exclusive for Suburbarazzi:

<blockquote><div>It was really horrible. I keep reliving the moment. It was just bad. I was driving. I was in the car with my friend Arnold and my dog, and we were driving. And it was, like, this road that was not a giant highway, but it was a highway, and there were, like, intersections. And there was a stop light. I’m used to it being a flashing yellow light, so I thought I had the right-of-way. … It was like slow motion, sort of … except I was going at, you know, 70 (mph) and she was going at 65 (mph), and I was watching like, “She’s going to stop, right?â€? And she didn’t stop. She just hit my like right there, in my door. (There is) the moment where you know you think, how am I going to stop this car? I can’t see anything because of the airbags and the soot and all that dust and glass everywhere. The dog is freaking out. Arnold’s freaking out. It was really scary and I thought we were finished. I really did, because I didn’t know where were going. I thought we would just go into something else at 70 mph. Somebody was going into us as we were spinning out of control. It was really chaotic and nutty.</div></blockquote>

After I told him I was glad he was OK, he replied:

<blockquote><div>Me too. And I’m glad you made me relive that.</div></blockquote>

His entourage and the Lord & Taylor staff in the room laughed. I think he was half-joking.

After the 10-minute interview, during which Mizrahi showcased his quick wit, he signed autographs and gift sets of StriVectin — the anti-wrinkle cream he endorses — for those he met on the second floor. In a four-part series this week, I’ll post a segment of my exclusive interview daily on Suburbarazzi. On Friday, I’ll post the entire transcript for your perusal.

Want a teaser of what to expect? Find out after the break.

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Isaac Mizrahi in Eastchester tomorrow; Scarlett Johansson’s attendance doubtful

Tomorrow — mere hours before Oscar red-carpet shenanegans begin — fashion designer and Style Network host Isaac Mizrahi will be at Eastchester’s Lord & Taylor branch (750 White Plains Road) to champion the anti-wrinkle cream he endorses. And I’ll be interviewing him just minutes before he starts signing an “exclusive StriVectin gift set” for customers from noon to 2 p.m.

Oh, the possibilities. If he’s particularly impressed with some of the customers’ outfits, will he give them the infamous Johansson Treatment? If I’m gutsy enough, I’ll ask him that very question Saturday morning.

Now’s your chance to suggest other questions I could ask him in the Comments section below. If I like what I see from you, I’ll ask him one or more of them. Get to it!

(Associated Press file photo by Diane Bondareff)

The Office is a repeat–check out what’s happening tonight…

babel.jpgTickets are technically “sold out” to the advance screening of Babel-starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett- tonight at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville (with the director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, on hand for a Q&A afterwards), but don’t let that stop you. A standby line will start forming at 6:00 p.m., an hour before the show. The buzz on the film has been incredible.

And across the county, at Purchase College, Matisyahu, the Orthodox Jewish Reggae/rap/rock star is performing a benefit concert for Westhab. Tickets are $110 for the concert or $125 for the concert and a reception with the singer afterwards (students can get $50 tickets). Call the Box Office at 914-251-6200.

Matisyahu returns to Westchester

matisyahu.jpgMatisyahu, the Chasidic Reggae singer born and raised in White Plains whose charismatic stage performance and hyper-syllabic lyrics have catapulted him to the status of megastar, will be giving a benefit concert on Thursday at Purchase College. Proceeds will go toward Westhab, a non-profit that helps homeless families find permanent homes throughout the county. It’s an organization Matisyahu, who was born Matthew Miller (Matisyahu is his Hebrew name), is very familiar with. His father, Robert Miller, is its president.

Miller Sr. told me that in the past 10 years Westhab has helped 300 families each year find homes. The concert has been in the works since last winter. This is the first month in a long time Matisyahu hasn’t been touring (he’s home with his wife, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child).

“The benefit will be interesting,� Robert Miller says. “He’s a little curious how it will go. He’s used to performing for a younger audience and they’re usually on their feet. I’m sure he’ll make up for it with his energy.�

For tickets, call: 914-251-6200. $110 for the concert only; $125 for the concert plus a dessert reception with Matisyahu; $50 for students.

In Celebrities We Thought Were Dead News

Jackie Mason was at the Westchester Performing Arts Center on Sunday in a nearly-sold out show—it’s a big theater Jackie, don’t worry about it.

Was he funny? I couldn’t tell you. I had better things to do on a Sunday afternoon (okay I was staring at the wall in my living room). But if anyone was there, please tell me how he was.

And for the rest of you, here are a few classic Mason lines. Add “ba-dum-bum� drum sounds yourself:

“I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.�

“It’s no longer a question of staying healthy. It’s a question of finding a sickness you like.â€?

“Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.�

“Jews are the best dressers in the world. They buy the best clothes, the best homes, the best cars. The best of everything. The only thing is, they get it for less.�

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Isabella Rossellini (who made a name for herself in the 80s starring in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, and it’s lesser-known sequel, Blue Cashmere: The Rise of Winter wear) was in town Saturday to introduce a new movie about her famous director-father, Roberto Rossellini (if you’ve never heard of him please stop watching Desperate Housewives on your Tivo and rent Voyage to Italy immediately!!!).