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 grĂ¢ce, 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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