I Just Can’t Sleep

Adrian Lux: Can’t Sleep

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Photo of the Day: The Old Red Bird

Photo of the Day: The Old Red Bird

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes

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Isaac Mizrahi: He Eats Out, He Sees Shows and a Million Other Things

Isaac Mizrahi: He Eats Out, He Sees Shows and a Million Other Things

Isaac Mizrahi: An Eccentric, Uniquely American Personality

Isaac Mizrahi was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Syrian Jewish heritage. He’s the cousin of rock guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, who was a band member in the New York Dolls. Mizrahi went to school at New York City’s Yeshivah of Flatbush, The High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design. He’s the Creative Director for the Liz Claiborne fashion, where he oversees design and marketing for the women’s apparel and accessories line. As a leader in the fashion design business for almost twenty years, Isaac has been awarded four awards from The Council of Fashion Designers of America, including a special award in 1996 for his groundbreaking documentary Unzipped. Mizrahi also designed the costumes for Liza Minnelli’s 1991 stage show Stepping Out which earned him a 1993 Emmy nomination for the 1992 televised PBS special based on that production. He also won a Drama Desk Award for his costume design for a revival of the classic Broadway play The Women in 2002.

TED Talks/Isaac Mizrahi: Fashion, Passion and a Million Other Things

Style Makes You Feel Great, Because it Takes Your Mind Off the Fact That You’re Going to Die-

In his appearance at the 2008 TED Conference in Monterrey, California, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations, from 1950s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a hole in a shirt that makes him shout “Stop the cab!” Mizrahi’s fashion design mission comes wrapped in endless colorful charisma, and inside his freewheeling talk are real clues to living a happy and creative life.

Isaac Mizrahi at TED: Fashion, Passion and a Million Other Things

Isaac Mizrahi’s Award-Winning Documentary on the Fashion Industry: Unzipped

Isaac Mizrahi’s Groundbreaking Documentary: Unzipped

Mizrahi’s documentary actually seems to make filmmaking easy. It looks like simply a matter of finding a sharped-tongued subject with a fascinating line of work, pointing the camera and coming up with a film clever enough to win the Audience Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. The strength of Unzipped lies in how casual it seems, the way it creates the feeling that you’re simply hanging out with its protagonist, the celebrated New York fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.

A sly monologuist and born entertainer, Mizrahi finds talking as natural as designing clothes and is on target with both. He’s the kind of witty performer who holds the screen just doing a crossword puzzle; Mizrahi is enormous fun to be with and considerably more charismatic than the pop culture icons like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell who make brief appearances to model his creations. Unzipped benefits from the fact that there is something naturally funny about the fashion industry. The film shows all those nominal grown-ups getting into a series of tizzies about nothing more important than . . . clothes. It’s almost as ridiculous as the movie business itself.

Isaac Mizrahi: Unzipped (1995)

Slide Show: Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi

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