What Lela Rose Learned About the Plus Size Customer Designing for Lane Bryant
Shocker: She's not that different from the straight size customer.
Isabel Toledo Says It's Her 'Duty' to Provide Fashion to Plus-Size Women
On Thursday, the first day of spring, another new season was beginning.
Isabel and Ruben Toledo Designing First-Ever Lane Bryant Collaboration
Finally: a major plus-size designer collaboration.
Isabel and Ruben Toledo on Dressing Michelle Obama and Doing Another Mass Market Collaboration
If you don't already believe in soulmates, listening to Isabel and Ruben Toledo speak should convince you.
Isabel and Ruben Toledo on Fashion As Art, Skipping Fashion Week and Dressing Michelle Obama
Isabel and Ruben Toledo are stalwarts of art and fashion (and perhaps, as a couple, perfectly embody the collision of those two worlds), but what they've come to represent goes beyond that. As immigrants from Cuba, they are the "American Dream" and have withstood immense changes within their fields over the past few decades, all while living together in New York City. Their longevity--both in their careers and their relationship--is inspiring to say the least. So, it was a pleasure to hear them talk about it all last night at Parsons (where Isabel was once a student), in a discussion with Simon Collins, Dean of the School of Fashion. The discussion was also timed to coincide with the launch of Isabel's book (for which Ruben did beautiful illustrations). Here are the most interesting bits we gleaned from the convo:
Five Questions for Isabel Toledo
The Artist's Toolbox, a PBS show where John Jacobsen interviews "America's best artists," features Isabel and Ruben Toledo this weekend. The episode offers a revealing look at the couple and how they encourage each other's art. So set your DVRs--the show airs Sunday on New York's local PBS affiliate WNET channel 13 at 3 p.m. In advance of the show, we asked the designer about her creative process, designer collaborations, and how she and Ruben maintain such a strong relationship--in love and work. What do hope that viewers will learn about you and how you work by watching this show? Creativity is a mysterious thing and as individual as each creator, but I hope the viewer can get a sense of the free form-border jumping terrain that is fashion combined with the high degree of craft involved to achieve the final vision. At one point in the show you say you don't really consider yourself an artist and that you've never had a job--how do you explain these statements?
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Inside the Harlem Target with the Toledos: Isabel Wants to Design More for Mass, Ruben Tags My Toledo for Target Tee
Manhattan's first Target opens this Sunday in Spanish Harlem (517 E.117th St.) but we got a sneak peak at the Harlem Designer Collections last night when the store opened its doors for a block party in the aisles. Though there was a significant celebrity turnout for the event--the Seinfelds, Russell Simmons, 30 Rock's Katrina Bowden and Bethenny Frankel (in amazing post-baby shape) were all there--the party was really meant for the Target employees and the community, hence the block party vibe. Neighborhood restaurants served up soul food and Doug E. Fresh thrilled the crowd with a stellar performance. But enough of the party. Onto the important stuff: the clothes.
Isabel Toledo's Swimwear Collection for Target Has Surfaced
Target's opening up shop in Harlem, and Isabel and Ruben Toledo have created an affordable swimwear line to celebrate. The big box retailer--which is also in the midst of launching a Stephen Burrows apparel collection and a Marcus Samuelsson home collection--has released images from each collaboration, all available in the East Harlem store beginning July 25. (Other select stores and Target.com will get them August 1.)