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Isabel Toledo 2014 Fall Collection at Lane Bryant

If you don’t know Cuban-born fashion designer Isabel Toledo, that’s OK… this modest designer has been styling women in couture for years. Chances are that you’ve seen her work without even knowing it. She’s most notably known for that moment in time when Michelle Obama wore Toledo’s iconic Lemon Grass ensemble to the historic 2009 United States presidential inauguration ceremony of her husband Barack Obama.

Isabel Toledo at Lane Bryant

Isabel Toledo Ent Inc. was launched in 1984 by newlyweds Rubén and Isabel Toledo. Their company celebrates 30 years as an independent design house which produces and sells everything with an Isabel Toledo label at their midtown studio headquarters in Manhattan’s Tin Pan Alley. Isabel has worked as the Creative Director of Anne Klein, and knows how to make women fall in love with clothes through her artistry of garment construction, tailoring, and pattern making. She is also a 2014 Tony-Nominated Costume Designer for the musical After Midnight. Isabel is known for bringing her creative visions to life for women of all sizes. Her ever charismatic husband Rubén paints, sculpts, illustrates and draws. He uses his talents to illustrate whimsical sophisticated style sketches for the Isabel Toledo label and has worked with such clients as Nordstrom, Barney’s New York, and Louis Vuitton. Rubén‘s work has been exhibited in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fashion and Textiles at the Louvre in Paris France, and New York’s very own Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Together, Isabel and Rubén Toledo are an electric husband and wife team with the power to work is synonymous harmony together.

Rubén Toledo, Linda Heasley, and Isabel Toledo
Photo (L-R): Rubén Toledo, Linda Heasley CEO and President of Lane Bryant, and Designer Isabel Toledo.

The Toledo’s latest business venture includes a partnership with Lane Bryant®, the nation’s leading commercial specialty apparel retailer providing stylish and high-quality fashion for women in sizes 14-28. Linda Heasley, CEO & President of Lane Bryant may not be a plus size woman herself, but this little lady packs quite a powerful punch! Heasley says, “the Lane Bryant woman wants great fashion, the same fashion that all woman deserve.” With this belief she has expanded the fashionable horizons of the Lane Bryant consumer through the introduction of independent design house Isabel Toledo.

In March of 2014, Lane Bryant held its most symbolic show to date and forever changed the stage of fashion “with this thing called plus”. The Isabel Toledo fashion show not only made the fashion industry stop to turn its head, but it also opened their eyes. Toledo/Toledo helped to shift the cosmic balance of commercial design that has curvy women everywhere willing to exercise their buying power. I caught up with Isabel Toledo at Lane Bryant in Kendall Village located in Miami Florida as she met with her fans, Lane Bryant customers, and local media to discuss her commercial 2014 Fall Isabel Toledo Collection.

Photo: Plus Model LaTonia Robinson and Designer Isabel Toledo.
© 2014. All rights reserved by Estrella Fashion Report. Photo(L-R): Plus Model LaTonia Robinson and Designer Isabel Toledo. Styled in Foiled Tweed Sheath Dress and Luxe Wrap Coat by Isabel Toledo.
Plus Models J. Santiago and Kristen Madison in Isabel Toledo
© 2014. All rights reserved by Estrella Fashion Report. Photo (L-R): Plus Models J. Santiago and Kristen Madison in 2014 Fall Isabel Toledo Collection for Lane Bryant. Styled in Deco Seam Dress and Boucle Knit Dress with Jacket by Isabel Toledo.
Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant
© 2014. All rights reserved by Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant Fall 2014 LookBook. Styled in Scallop – Edge Lace Top and Stretch Ponte Skinny Pant.

The Isabel Toleo line for Lane Bryant label is for a limited time only; which means that its second season will be is its final season for this commercial collaborative. You can shop the 2014 Fall Isabel Toledo Collection at select Lane Bryant stores and online at www.lanebryant.com/Toledo.

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2 comments

  1. I want to do a story on the Toledos for a leading magazine. Would you have an email address for their studio?
    Thanks so much,
    stephen

    1. Hi Stephen,

      We don’t have that information on hand, but certainly wish you luck in getting in touch. Another avenue would be to click on the article author’s name, she may be able to provide additional help in pointing you in the right direction. Thanks! and again, good luck!

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