Isaac Mizrahi shares the 9 things he can’t live without
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One day, many years later, Isaac Mizrahi doesn’t want his legacy to be fashionable. Rather, he hopes the thing most remembered for is show business.
“It’s not that fashion isn’t important to me, because it’s incredibly important to me,” Mizrahi tells City & Country. “But it’s like cooking dinner: it’s really essential, you never want do not to be able to cook dinner and you are so lucky and grateful to be good at it. But that’s not the thing! When I’m on stage, there’s a whole different kind of rapture that takes over. He’s set to return to the stage in an all-new show, “In Person,” at New York’s famed Café Carlyle within two weeks. residence from March 1 to March 12.
“It means so much to me,” Mizrahi says of the club’s first show since it closed in March 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. “It’s been one of the great experiences of my life to play in this room. It’s kind of become an extension of my living room. This idea of coming into my living room, hearing me sing a few songs, tell stories stories and tell jokes.”
He recalls the first time he performed at Café Carlyle, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous in my life.” So many of his idols — Elaine Stritch, Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt — had performed there, and he couldn’t imagine taking the stage where they did. Still, it all went incredibly well, and he’s returned for an annual residency since 2017.
As he prepares to hit the stage in 2022, Mizrahi – an artist first, a fashion designer second – shared with GTC the things he just can’t live without.
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Great Unita Scarf
“Loro Piana makes beautiful cashmere. I have this thing with these big cashmere shawls – they’re big and wide, and I need them. When I travel, I don’t care if it’s August, I need of this big cashmere blanket with me on the plane. When I’m at the hotel, I have to have this giant cashmere shawl, otherwise I don’t feel good! It’s infused with all my different scents. I have some one in the backseat of my car, just in case of an emergency. I always have this thought: I wake up in the middle of the night and think, oh my god, I hope Loro Piana still makes these great shawls in cashmere.
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almond Chips
“I’m obsessed with ice cream, any brand, any flavor. I make ice cream myself. But the fact is, if you eat ice cream, you’ll be up for hours because that it’s so hard to digest after a certain age. And it’s so fattening, if you have three scoops of ice cream, it’s gone for the whole week! That’s why I absolutely need these sweets.
That’s who I am: I’d much rather eat 15 chocolates than have dinner. Every night I have four or five after dinner. I’m serious. It’s a crazy thing, but that’s the way it is.”
Ultimate Strength Hand Balm
“I’ve been using the same Kiehl’s products since I was 18. When I was a kid, I worked at Perry Ellis, and Perry Ellis himself was obsessed with Kiehl’s products.
Hand balm – it’s not like you use body lotion on your hands and get greasy. It continues and your hands are no longer dry. I hate when my hands or my lips are dry. I hate that. But when you use this hand balm, you don’t have to wait – your hands feel smooth and soft. It’s the greatest thing in the world.”
UBeesize ring light
“Turn up the angle, honey, turn up the angle. I remember one time I was doing a shoot with Iman for this TV show we were working on together, and they wanted this low angle of us looking at the camera. She walked into the studio, she was all ready, she was like, ‘what is this camera doing there?’ The guy tried to tell her, ‘it’s on and we want you to look very imperious.’ She said, “I’m going back to my dressing room. When you raise that camera, I’ll be back.”
She’s so right – you just don’t want to look bad in photos, you don’t want to look bad on Zoom meetings. Then all you think about all the time is how shitty you look, as opposed to current affairs, which are more important. So increase the angle [on your ring light] and you rarely need more than the second setting or the third light setting.”
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Hermès diary cover
“I write in it every day. And I cross out, and I have different ways of crossing out, which means different things like – yes, it was done, it was planned and it wasn’t done, there has a parenthesis around… I’m not kidding. I put stickers on when my dogs need heart protection. I’m not kidding: every day. I can’t live without it. I watch it all every day and I write this every day.
For nearly 40 years, I’ve had maybe three covers of leather bindings at Hermés. And they are still just as good. More recently I went crazy about 10 years ago and bought a crocodile one. But I just said, ‘you know what, honey? You are a man of a certain age. You’re going to walk into Hermés and you’re going to buy a fucking crocodile diary because you used it, you know you’re going to use it, and you look at it every day.”
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New York Times Home Delivery
“I need a newspaper. I get it delivered to my apartment every day. Sometimes I’m in Long Island for weeks – I’m not going to New York for weeks – I won’t cancel my subscription. I need to know that the Times is my door. I will go to the Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton every day and buy a newspaper.
The first thing I do is read the obituaries. I literally open the Times to see what page the obituaries are on, and I go right to that and read that. I’ve been doing this since I learned to read a newspaper. There is nothing like this paper. I’m going to be so sad the day they stop making paper. I don’t care if it cost $20, I’d buy a newspaper every day of my life.”
New York Post Daily Horoscope
“Every day, I consult the obituaries [in print]then the horoscope in the To post in line. the Times does not do horoscopes. The thing is, [the Post‘s horoscopes] are so incredibly good. It sort of directs my life. Fifteen years ago, I just discovered it. As someone said, ‘Why don’t you read the To post‘s horoscopes?’ It’s like soothing and encouraging.
And by the way, Sally Brompton – I’ve said this a thousand times about the New York Post astrology section. And I’ve never heard of Sally Brompton! You’d think Sally Brompton would see this in print and say “thanks for the warning!” Not a word Sally Brompton, not a word.”
The 2023 Mini Cooper Convertible
“I love it. First of all, in the spring or fall, when the weather is nice, you can drive with the top down and it’s amazing. Second, it’s so economical and small. I love that it’s so well designed, and so out of the ordinary. It doesn’t look like all the cars out there – it’s not that big and not that fancy. I never miss it. I have a problem back pain and knee problems – it’s not the easiest car to get in and out of, I admit that I love it so much I’ll put up with the difficulty of getting in and out of the car.
Drink of the moment: Campari, Orange Juice, San Pellegrino & Lemon
“I stopped drinking for a very long time – for 20 years I didn’t go near alcohol because it just made me a little sick. And then suddenly I discovered pink spritzers. And they don’t didn’t make me sick! And then I discovered campari and soda. My husband likes negronis, a good mixed drink. Not me. I love it, it’s so fun to drink. It takes the edge off It’s something to drink while the others are getting high.”
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