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Mizrahi uses bows to tie collections together

Designer says he wanted to make shape a focus
/ Source: The Associated Press

Isaac Mizrahi had bows on his mind as he presented two collections for fall: One was his ultraluxurious and expensive signature collection, the other his class-for-the-masses line for Target.

At Monday’s preview of his upscale line, the audience applauded the “Mini Mouse” dress with a high waist and big bow. There also was an elegant keyhole halter top paired with a slim skirt with tiers of ruffles down the back, and a bright orange ballerina-style dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline and tulle peeking out the bottom.

An outfit called “Candied Motorcycle” featured tailored trousers, a bow-tie blouse and a buttery leather jacket. Another stunner was an off-the-shoulder mermaid gown made of lace with, yes, a bow for adornment at the top of the bust.

“We’ve been through so much ornamentation for the past years. It’s too much. I decided to make shape a focus,” Mizrahi said in an interview Tuesday.

“Where do you go after a bias-cut beaded dress? You go for structure. And I’m always on a quest for the right ornamentation. The bow was a motivator for me this season.”

He also said it wasn’t a coincidence that his two collections carry the same themes. “It’s the same head and same hand doing it,” he told The Associated Press.

The signature collection is sophisticated and spare, despite some bold colors, while the Target collection, presented Tuesday, has wearable work-friendly outfits.

Target shoppers can expect a lot of skirt suits, especially ones with slim skirts and shorter jackets. Many were shown with polka-dot blouses that had bow-tie necks.

There also were touches of tartan plaid, monarch butterfly prints and tailored tuxedos.

Mizrahi said his favorite pieces included the black dress — again a ballerina-style, this one with a black quilted hem — that the retailer plans to sell just ahead of the holiday season, round-toe booties and a pinstripe handbag.

Many of the bags featured change-purse details, including the round top and metal clasp, while several shoes had thicker heels and T-straps. Both had the flavor of the 1950s.