Picks and Pans Review: Isaac

updated 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Designer Isaac Mizrahi sits in a gorgeous tangerine-colored chair and orders a macchiato from his on-set coffee brewer, Giovanni. If Giovanni is in a genial enough mood—and when isn't he?—he'll dot a smiley face in the cup's foam.

Launching his own talk show, Mizrahi sometimes has the yacky obtuseness of Jiminy Glick. Keira Knightley comes on to promote Pride & Prejudice, and Mizrahi seems more interested in trying to remember the 1940 Greer Garson version. Isaac, come back! But the show nicely distills an endearing fashionista sensibility: energetic, silly, glowing with the excitement of just being himself. He's best here when buzzing with style tips for audience members.


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