isaac mizrahi is one of those designers who has had many incarnations. he exploded into the american fashion scene back in the late 80s, along with other young american designers who represented the new generation: marc jacobs, anna sui, todd oldham, donna karan... then in the 90s, perhaps for lack of funding, his eponymous label shut down. it was surprising because it seemed like his collection of typical american sportswear with clean lines, happy colors, and classic details wouldn't be hard to sell. we remember there was even a time rajo laurel was supposed to apprentice with isaac, but rajo was deep into establishing his business then that taking a year off might have made him lose his momentum and the public might forget him. anyhoo, isaac went on to become a TV host, book author, comic-book illustrator, "couture" designer, and, his most popular incarnation yet, designer for target (pronounced "tar-zhay" ;-). but the target days are over because isaac mizrahi's got a new job: creative director of liz claiborne.
today, SSI launched isaac's first collection for liz claiborne with a mini fashion show at rustan's makati. in the last few years, liz claiborne has become a bit dowdy, lackluster, and not exciting (was it ever?). hopefully, isaac can inject some life, style, and whimsy into the brand. it can't just be for big-boned working women or soccer moms who have let themselves go! today's show featured a lot of neutrals like white, beige, navy, and black, and a smattering of prints (notably, polka dots and florals); we were hoping to see more color, though. you'll notice the new LC logo printed on some dresses, tops, and bags (looks very similar to the kate spade logo—and why not, liz owns kate!). check out some of these pieces from the spring/summer collection (now available at liz claiborne at rustan's makati, greenbelt 5, power plant mall, shangri-la plaza, trinoma, and robinsons midtown):
versatile shirtdresses that you can dress up for work (wear a jacket or cardigan, pumps or slingbacks, and a layer of gold chains and pearls) or dress down for the weekend (unbutton it and wear over jeans and a tank top, with flats or sandals, and a straw bag):
simple, streamlined dresses that look really comfortable:
"new look" silhouette that's flattering to every body type (especially if you're hippy):
modern three-piece "suits" for work in light cotton materials, ideal for our climate:
weekend basics that can be dressed up or down with a change of accessories and hair/makeup: