Vidicom’s studios rocked with Isaac Mizrahi and Charlotte Ronson during DESIGNER DISH LIVE, the first live Skype chat with fashion designers broadcast on Ustream and PopSugar, http://www.ustream.tv/designerdishlive.
Skypers asked Charlotte and Isaac everything from advice on plastic surgery to layering techniques. The best was Isaac’s convo with a stymied Skper who he asked, “Have you had work?” (see the VIDEO for yourself below).
Isaac’s advice is always right on…he says, “legs are the last to go so always emphasize those gams when you can.” Some other “I” wisdoms include, “Tattoos are so 90′s.” He’s also a real believer of not looking like you tried hard to put yourself together. (I think it was Babe Paley who said that). And former New York Times fashion editor, Bernadine Morris, used to always quote her “always take one accessory off before you walk out of the house.” Isaac’s 2011 version, “DONT TRY TOO HARD…TOO MANY ACCESSOIRES…TOO MUCH MAKE-UP ADDS 10 YEARS.”
I love how he told one Skyper that partially shaved heads are his fashion no-no because it makes people look ill. His must have accessory is “the kitten heel.” Of course, now that we have all bought those clunkers, the fashion pendulum is now swinging back to dainty and so fem-fem.
I personally love Charlotte Ronson whom I have known since she was 5. Her shows are always family affairs because that is the way she was raised. Who knew the same family closeness I witnessed at those Rosh Hashanah dinners years ago hosted by Charlotte’s mom, Ann Jones, would evolve into hipster heaven? Charlotte makes every fashion show a family affair with her sisters Annabelle and Samantha acting as muses from modeling to spinning music. The real sweetness in her personality came out with her Jay-Z story. After Jay-Z gave her a shout out in one of his songs, she says, “You can’t send a rapper flowers, so I designed him a sweatshirt.”
The Designer Dish Live Skype audience scored some great fashion advice from this “grunge meets urban street” London-born comer. Layering is her signature and she advised one Skyper to “keep it light”. I get it…keep it sheer and
as weightless as possible to get the ultimate in layered looks.
We wish her lots of luck as her Shanghai store has just opened next to the mega-popular Apple Store.