Isaac Mizrahi’s Fashion Week Fuel: Champagne Truffles, Chocolate Bark

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(Photo: Isaac Mizrahi)

li-lac almond bark.jpgLast week, Isaac Mizrahi presented the fall 2009 collection he designed for Liz Claiborne (fetch a March issue of something and check out the brand’s newly Mizrahified identity in the spirited spring ad campaign) at his Manhattan studio. Tomorrow afternoon, the designer shows his own collection for fall—inspired by Africa, lumberjacks, and flappers—in one of our all-time favorite Fashion Week venues: the New York Public Library’s Astor Hall. How’s he preparing? Lots of work, of course, fueled by some of his favorite sweets. In a scene that is ripe for illustration by Maira Kalman, Mizrahi has been snacking on Charbonnel et Walker’s Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles (that’s his personal stash pictured above). But Mizrahi’s all-time favorite snack is chocolate almond bark from Li-Lac Chocolates, an 86-year-old New York City establishment with a name that sounds lifted from a Nabokov novel. Notes Mizrahi of the chocolate-coated almonds, “This stuff seriously comes to the rescue in any stressful situation and makes frequent Fashion Week appearances.”