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FASHION IS…CHEESECAKES?: Isaac Mizrahi will soon be selling cheesecake on QVC — yes, cheesecake. The designer was part of a panel discussion held Wednesday evening at the 92nd Street Y on the “The Future of Fashion,” which, apparently for Mizrahi, will involve baked goods. “Ask yourself, what would you never ever do, and then you do that,” he remarked.

Back to fashion, though. Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive moderated the panel, which also included Ashley Olsen and Robin Givhan. Leive asked Olsen what she thought of celebrities as designers. “A lot of celebrities get involved because they want to slap their name on it and it will add to their brand,” said Olsen. “And for us, it was totally different. That wasn’t my point. For me, when I look at it as a celebrity brand it’s almost silly to me, because I’m not coming at it from a celebrity standpoint.” As far as celebrities on the red carpet, Givhan said she can’t pick one who’s “best dressed” since they all use stylists. And Mizrahi said it’s much more about design than seeing his dresses on the red carpet. “Design is eternal,” he noted. “If my clothes don’t translate on the runway, I’m OK with that.”

— A.W.

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