Early life[ edit ] Mizrahi was born in Brooklyn , the son of Sarah, a homemaker, and Zeke Mizrahi, who worked in the clothing business. At 15, he launched his own label, IS New York, with the help of a family friend. The line immediately earned praise from fashion editors, prompting several top retailers to place orders.
He described them as "controlled and glamorous", "elegant", "distilled, refined", inspired by decadence, and by the diversity of New York City.
He also expressed his interest in appealing to a refined and exclusive clientele. Chanel eventually tired of the mounting losses and pulled financing in October , forcing the closure of the company after the Fall collection. The line was an enormous hit, and soon spread to cover accessories, bedding, housewares, and pet products. Mizrahi designed for Claiborne for only one year, Although advertising campaigns for his Claiborne work—featuring Mizrahi and women of all sizes, races, and ages—were found in major fashion magazines, the line was a disaster  almost from launch.
The clothes and accessories were very difficult to find, as only a few minor department stores , which were not found in major cities, carried Claiborne clothes. Gottschalks carried only a few pieces before declaring bankruptcy and liquidating, only weeks after Mizrahi's launch. Furthermore, the few Liz Claiborne outlets that existed were also far from major cities and were found at outlet malls that were too remote for most customers to visit.
As a result, in December , the Liz Claiborne website was closed and rumors abounded that the company was bankrupt and in serious debt. As of fall , Liz Claiborne clothes are sold at J. Penney , and are not designed by Mizrahi. As of August , footwear and denim have launched in Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, and Mizrahi's first ever fragrance, Fabulous, was set to debut September 6 on QVC, and in Bloomingdale's in October. Mizrahi remains a shareholder, creative director, and media personality for his namesake brand under Xcel.
In , a movie was released about the development of his Fall collection called Unzipped. In Fall , the Isaac show debuted on Style Network. He previously had a show on the Oxygen network. Mizrahi often appears on many of E! He also appeared as himself in the episode "Plus One is the Loneliest Number" of the fifth season of Sex and the City , and in an episode of Spin City. He guest starred on the American dramedy series Ugly Betty , in which he played a reporter for the cable channel Fashion TV in the episode "Lose the Boss.
Mizrahi has stated that he sees himself as an entertainer who can sing and act. On his Oxygen show, he sang jazz in a nightclub. Mizrahi was a contestant in the Jeopardy!
Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational. While initially finishing second in a quarter-final game to Jane Curtin , as the highest scoring non-qualifier, he replaced semi-finalist Andy Richter , who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
He eventually lost to Michael McKean. Bravo launched the series to replace its former hit Project Runway, which then moved to the Lifetime network. A representative of the network indicated that Bravo believed Mizrahi's exciting presenting style would work well with newcomer Iman and the credibility that she brings to the table as a genuine pioneer in the fashion world.
In February , Mizrahi served as red carpet correspondent for Live! With Kelly during the 84th Annual Academy Awards. It aired the morning after the Oscars, during a special episode of Live!
He took liberties with many female actresses, including looking down Teri Hatcher 's dress, and feeling Scarlett Johansson 's breast, over which she later expressed discomfort.
He also asked many celebrities whether they were wearing underwear. Mizrahi has worked as the costume designer for three Broadway revivals , including two plays The Women and Barefoot in the Park , and one operetta Threepenny Opera