“It’s about comfort. Like blankie and fuzzy and Xanax,” Isaac Mizrahi told Harriet Mays Powell backstage before his fall 2009 show. “That’s the order — those are the first four looks.” He used lots of color, being careful not to be too exuberant, since in this economy no one feels that way. He also cited African inspiration, but don’t think beads. “It’s more like a fur-lined flip-flop, because October’s the new August and you need a flip-flop in October now, I think,” he explains. Watch the video to see what he means.