Designer Isaac Mizrahi Makes a Surprising Career Move

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Isaac Mizrahi

How many designers harbor a secret desire to be the star striding onstage? Many. But only a few can do it like Isaac Mizrahi.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Isaac Mizrahi has undoubtedly become a fashion and pop culture icon — boasting a resume that saw him romping about the big screen with Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell in the award-winning documentary Unzipped, bringing his designs to a wide audience through a partnership with Target and in television appearances such as his current gig judging on Project Runway: All-Stars. You know him as funny, feisty, stylish and gay; you may not know that he was also headed for the stage.

Though his upcoming show will not be his first at the Café Carlyle (Mizrahi played the room starting in winter 2017, as well), for those who know him primarily from the world of fashion, it might be hard to imagine him channeling his inner chanteuse. Nevertheless, Mizrahi’s performance last year — which included everything from Cole Porter classics to a rendition of the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore show — was well received enough to merit an invitation to return Janary 30 through February 10 with a fresh set list, rumored to include songs by the likes of Blondie and Bob Dyaln.

That’s not to say that singing is the only thing you can expect from an evening with Mizrahi at what he describes as “ the greatest, chicest cabaret venue of all!” Storytelling is another key part of his act, and Mizrahi’s got the celebrity goods: last year he name-checked the likes of Anna Wintour and Faye Dunaway. This year he promises an all-new batch of wit and wisecracking — not to mention the return of a bit in which he re-gifts some of the swag he’s received in the course of making the rounds of events and parties.

As he prepared for opening night, Mizrahi offered us some thoughts on his love of the Café Carlyle, the hunky musicians who’ll be joining him on stage and the idea of following in the footsteps of the inimitable Elaine Stritch, which we’re proud to present in this exclusive video. Break a leg, Mr. Mizrahi! We’ll see you at the Carlyle.

Performances of Isaac Mizrahi: Moderate to Severe will take place Tuesday – Saturday at 8:45pm. Weekday pricing begins at $75 per person with bar seating for $55 and premium seating for $125. Weekend pricing begins at $90 per person with bar seating for $70 and premium seating for $130.Reservations can be made by phone at 212.744.1600 or online via Ticketweb. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel — 35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue.

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Last modified: June 19, 2018