The birthday boy for October 14 is Isaac Mizrahi.
I don’t believe that I mentioned Mizrahi in my book. When I wrote it, the designer had retreated back into the shadows because his business had not been performing all that well. Recently, however, that’s all changed. He’s back with a vengeance because of reality television and a cultural climate that prizes celebrity over substance. That’s not to say that he has no substance: he’s a fabulous fashion designer! He just never would have been able to come back if he wasn’t such a fabulous celebrity.
What intrigues me the most about Mizrahi, though, is how “put together” his looks have always been. I’ve been comparing Jason Wu to Mizrahi ever since Wu became a player in the fashion business. And what do you know? Wu not only shares Mizrahi’s Libra sun sign, but also his refined aesthetic sense. You won’t see either of these guys sending models down the runway looking grungy.
I feel very good about what I do when I discover that I’ve pointed out similarities between designers long before I’ve discovered their zodiac signs. For a while I’ve been toying with the idea of rewriting “Cosmically Chic” for a more fashion-savvy audience. Knowing that I intuitively made a connection between these two designers gives me the faith in my abilities that I need in order to embark upon this project. Call it a cosmic kick in the ass . . .