February 04, 2007 New York
Mizrahi's optimistic alternatives for the tweedy season were largely executed in winter whites and dazzling brights: big Day-Glo flower prints; a showstopping fit-and-flare gown called "Psychopeach" that brought Grace Kelly to mind; and lavish gala dresses with less-than-practical petticoats of snow-white mink.
The designer, whose ultra-luxe line is carried exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, insists he's "not in the sportswear business anymore." Still, the looks that worked best here were the ones that didn't demand a grand occasion. In keeping with the American-casual tradition, he offered a series of calf-length, bell-shaped "skating skirts" with fur-trimmed hems (let's not mention the accompanying white leggings), as well as an easy long gray-jersey dress with beading at the wrist that really hit home.