Isaac Mizrahi’s Candy cocktail dress: business at the front, totally freaking ridiculus at the back


This was so close to being dress of the day. So close. I saw it on the pages of Net-a-Porter. I swooned a little in my seat. It was my perfect dress. The pea green colour. The boat neck. The fitted, slim, shape. And, as the coup de grâce, there was even the hint of a cute little bow at the back! "I bet that bow is just the perfect finishing touch on this perfect, perfect dress!" I though, excitedly clicking on the "more pictures" link to see the back.

It was then that I died a little inside. Because this? This is no cute little bow. This is a full set of green silk cushions, stapled onto the model’s butt. Either that, or it’s a really quite disturbing fungal disease. Either way, this is a crushing disappointment. To have come so near to the perfect dress, and to end up so very far away – it’s tragic.

Note to Isaac Mizrahi: There is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to bows, you know. And this? Is it.

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  • February 20, 2008


    This makes me cry. Thanks a lot, Isaac Mizrahi!

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  • February 20, 2008


    You’re right, it’s the dressy equivilant of the Mullet. And just like the Mullet, I have an irresitable urge to go at the thing with a scissors and cut the silly bit off.

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  • February 21, 2008


    Hideous jolly green giant from the back. Bit controversial – not sure about the colour anyway …

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  • July 17, 2010


    I have to disagree with the above negative comments. The color is spectacular, the style is very vintage, but with a novel twist on the bow. I appreciate the creativity combined with what is a classic vintage style. I bought it on Net-a-porter, and have since worn it to 2 formal occasions. A fabulously designed frock with a fab looking bow in the back. If you’re looking for this dress minus the bow, you can get it with a careful look through quality vintage collections, and even in main stream clothing shops. Though you’ll not find the color so easily, nor the fabric quality.

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