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Isaac Mizrahi was in Eastchester on Saturday, in case you hadn’t heard.
And as I predicted, my final question of the interview was the one I was most afraid to ask: “If you happen to like the outfit of anyone who comes up to you on line today, will they get the (Scarlett) Johansson Treatment?”
Mizrahi was taken aback for a moment, then played it off like a pro.
<blockquote><div>Oh! Well, that was about the bra. That was a big misunderstanding. It was like, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your bra?Ã¢â‚¬? And three minutes later, it was like the end of the world. (Johansson)Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s adorable.</div></blockquote>
Well there you have it. If you missed any of the interview, click the link below to view the entire transcript.
Exclusive! Isaac Mizrahi picks ‘Sex And The City,’ picks apart my style and picks on Mr. Blackwell • 02.28.07
Unless you’ve been late in checking out this blog’s updates these last few days (and if you have, Ted Mann will have to lecture you personally), you know that Isaac Mizrahi sat down with Suburbarazzi on Feb. 24 before signing autographs and pitching StriVectin anti-wrinkle cream at the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester.
<blockquote><div>YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been on both shows, but gun to your head: (Is) Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ugly BettyÃ¢â‚¬? or Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sex And The CityÃ¢â‚¬? (better)?
Ooh, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good questionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sex And The City.Ã¢â‚¬?
A little more established, a few more seasons?
All right. I can take it. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong and whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right with my style?
(MizrahiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entourage and Lord & Taylor personnel utter laughs and Ã¢â‚¬Å“ooohs.Ã¢â‚¬?) Wow. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anything wrong. You know people say to me all the time to me, they say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, gosh, I thought about all day what I was going to wear, because I know I was meeting you.Ã¢â‚¬? And you know, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care that much. (The entourage and store personnel laugh.) IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry, but I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not saying I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care enough to say whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing wrong. You look cute today. You look cute.
Thank you. I appreciate that. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the most overrated accessory Ã¢â‚¬â€œ overdone, overrated, over-anything Ã¢â‚¬â€œ out there right now?</div></blockquote>
Mizrahi deliberated for 26 seconds before responding. Read his response to that and his thoughts on fashion critic Mr. (Richard) Blackwell after the break.
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 itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“oohsÃ¢â‚¬? come from MizrahiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had the work done. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know who they think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ 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. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, Ã¢â‚¬Å“SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to stop, right?Ã¢â‚¬? And she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see anything because of the airbags and the soot and all that dust and glass everywhere. The dog is freaking out. ArnoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s freaking out. It was really scary and I thought we were finished. I really did, because I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ the anti-wrinkle cream he endorses Ã¢â‚¬â€ 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.
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)