7 of Isaac Mizrahi’s Most Memorable Quotes

Isaac Mizrahi
Designer Isaac Mizrahi.
Courtesy of Jason Frank Rothenberg.

It’s a big day for Isaac Mizrahi.

Today, the charismatic designer celebrates his 55th birthday, so Footwear News is looking back at some of our most memorable conversations with him. Below are a few of our favorite quotes:

On today’s fast-fashion movement:
“The thing that I don’t agree with about fast fashion is sometimes it [makes consumers] feel like they have to buy something. In the case of [my new IMNYC] collection, I’d almost rather she not buy something — I [want her] to feel like the line resonates with her and that she ‘needs’ this thing” — 10/7/16

On the importance of good design:
“For me, if you get the shoes right, you get the whole thing right. It’s a really important part of it — my shoes always do great.” — 10/7/16

On designing for everyone:
“I don’t think there is much difference between designing for kids and adults. Smart style is ageless.” — 3/11/13

On how he celebrates the holidays:
“Last year was the first time in my whole life that I got a Christmas tree. We started a tradition, and now whenever I think about Nov. 30, I think, ‘Oh we’re going to have a Christmas tree again!’ I’m so excited.” — 11/5/12

On his most embarrassing obsession:
“Four to five nights a week I watch hours and hours of TV. And since I discovered how to use a DVR, there’s no stopping me.” — 1/30/12

On his least-favorite fashion trend:
“I wish the one-shoulder [look] would go away. What, have we reverted to caveman times?” — 1/30/12

On the vision for his footwear:
“The driving aesthetic is a youthful elegance. I think shoes are getting more beautiful, as opposed to stylized and I have always stood for beautiful shoes.” — 10/16/11

 

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