Roots of Style is a rare look into the mind, life, and journey of one of our generation’s most coveted fashion designers, Isabel Toledo. From the nostalgic and permanent influence of her upbringing in Cuba and the serendipitous love that materialized her vision and fueled her conviction, to the timeless mark she continues to make on the fashion industry, Isabel weaves together all of her impressions to express her true inspiration and authenticity.
Isabel’s words—interpreted by artwork from her husband, one of fashion’s most prolific illustrators, Ruben Toledo—tell an eloquent and visually stunning story about how fashion gave a form of communication to a curious girl who was fascinated by design, craftsmanship, and sewing. Continue reading
In a nod to the neighborhood, the Harlem spot (517 E. 117th St.; 212-835-0860) will stock greeting cards and books in Spanish, multicultural dolls and gospel and Latin music — in addition to basics such as fresh food and homewares.
Isabel Toledo was shocked and thrilled to see Michelle Obama wearing one of her creations at the Vogue/Calvin Klein fund-raiser in June. “She looked amazing,” Toledo told us at F.I.T.’s Couture Council cocktail celebration at her penthouse loft. The best part was that Obama bought the dress at Ikram in Chicago. “I understand that she buys a lot of my work, which is really … I’m very, very honored for that. It’s even better than her contacting me, the fact that she just goes out and buys it!” Toledo said. Toledo says that since then, the hopeful First Lady’s people have been in touch, but she’s mum on what she’s whipping up for Mrs. Glambama. While she says she’d be happy to dress Michelle in anything, after much prodding, Toledo admitted that she has, in fact, been thinking about designs for an inaugural dress should the situation arise. But those will remain in her head unless the Obama camp reaches out to her. “For me, that’s the way to do it,” she says.
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