TOLEDO STYLE: Isabel and Ruben Toledo have a double-barreled celebration planned for the launch of their new Celebra-published book “Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love and Fashion.” She wrote the text and he whipped up the illustrations. Tonight they will welcome well-wishers at Treasure & Bond and Tuesday night Parsons The New School’s Simon Collins will chat up Isabel Toledo before an audience in the school’s Seventh Avenue auditorium.
The 384-page book details how Isabel Toledo went from being a child in her native Cuba tuned-in to the stylish ways of the women in her neighborhood to suiting up Michelle Obama for her husband’s inaugural. The designer said she has never bought into the ideology that if you attend the right school, know the right people and consequently get yourself into debt, then success is guaranteed. “What I want is to encourage kids to take on challenges and risk especially when you’re young and at the beginning of your career. We’re too safe,” she said. “Risk everything for what you love to do and the rest will follow.”
This story first appeared in the March 5, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.