File this one under "Living Under a Rock" because why did it take a massive billboard at the Midtown Tunnel entrance to clue me into BIG changes at Liz Claiborne?
I knew America's Sweetheart Tim Gunn was named Chief Creative Officer a while back, but turns out my hero Isaac Mizrahi ditched Tarzhay and has been designing for La Liz (also known as my mom's former favorite purse manufacturer) since '08! No wonder the fall campaign looks so delightfully Vivienne Westwood-meets-The Ice Storm. Isaac makes little cameos in all the ads:
This one's from last spring: that 4ft tall grandma is killing it in her lavender separates and maxi weekend bag! The whole feeling reminds me of Kate Spade's all-Gentile Royal Tenenbaums narrative entitled "Visiting Tennesee" that this charming blogger recalled just yesterday. Synchronicity! Plus I love how Liz has reverted back to the old font and that "LC" logo. While waiting out the monsoon in Duane Reade on Saturday I saw her signature perfume (from 1986) behind the case:
Dying for the primary color triangle motif and this cobalt blue bottle by Pierre Dinand, who has apparently designed half of the world's perfume bottles for the past 50 years. Like I always say, you do one thing and you do it well.
This cannot end without mention of the spurious suburban legend that's haunted Liz Inc. for some time: that the late fashion icon was a Satanist and went on Oprah to proclaim her faith in the dark arts and detailed how she gave a portion of LC's profits to the Church of Satan. Simply not true!