Isaac Mizrahi: Designer, Talk Show Host, Children’s Narrator
Sporting an ensemble of head-to-ankle black (punctuated with red suede loafers), designer Isaac Mizrahi wowed a crowd of Upper East Side parents and their Ritalin-addled children on Sunday night. As the narrator in the artsy Guggenheim production of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Mizrahi, it seems, is appealing to a whole new, decidedly younger fan base. The designer’s exaggerated lilts and intonations, which were accompanied by the beautiful strains of the Juilliard Ensemble, make him the perfect candidate to recite what is considered to be one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time. “I’m such a ham,” explained Mizrahi. “I just love doing this stuff!” Mizrahi was posed against a stage set designed by of-the- moment Brazilian design duo the Campana Brothers (who snatched up the award for Designer of the Year at 2008′s Design Miami). The minimalist, sustainable set—composed of wood scraps, soda bottles, and cellophane—added a further imaginative element to what was already an avant-gardist performance. The show ends this coming Sunday.