Isabel Toledo—pretty, sensational, and a magnificent designer. On Wednesday at the Rainbow Room, Fashion Institute of Technology Couture Council feted the Cuban designer with a splendid luncheon. The chicest and debonair of people came pouring out to champion Isabel Toledo’s talent and tireless devotion to fashion designing. Pre-luncheon, attendees sipped on savoring Bellini's and mingled the corridors cueing for shots.

The event brought out tons of fashion luminaries: Andre Leon Talley (VOGUE), Cecilia Dean (V Magazine), Glenda Bailey (Harper's BAZAAR), Stephen Gan (Harper's BAZZAR), Michaela Angela Davis, Fabiola Beracasa , Lynn Yaeger (The Village Voice), Narciso Rodriguez (Designer), Dr. Joyce Brown (FIT President), Iris Apfel and many more. Isabel creations (which many ladies and certain men reintroduced classic designs) were timeless and that was the residual reflection in many conversations, and speeches that traveled across the luncheon.

Simon Doonan (Barneys Creative Director) held the Master of Ceremonies role and tickled the attendees with reoccurring English comedy. Isabel Toledo’s story became bright and lively during a touching retrospective slideshow featuring her traffic-stopping designs (the Packing Dress) to a more familial side—showcasing husband Ruben Toledo and her Cuban family. Ruben Toledo (who I briefly chatted up) constructed the most artistic placemats out of black ink highlighting different face outlines of Isabel. (Mr. MSR plans to convert the placemat into an exposed painting.)

Isabel, cheers to you and Ruben, and thanks for letting us be apart of your life through your designs. Andre Leon Talley said it best, “Isabel I want to be like you when I grow up”, and I think that was the case for every patron who went to celebrate her life.


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