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Cocktail Party
Hosted by Glenda Bailey and Valerie Steele to Celebrate
Isabel Toldo
Toledo Penthouse
July 22, 2008

Written by Jamie Sharpe
Photographed by Belkis Carrasco

Opposite Photo: Model Carmen Dell'Orifice and Designer Patrick McDonald

The line for the July 22nd fashion fete at Isabel Toledo’s penthouse literally stretched around the block. Fashionistas were literally melting into the sidewalk, but the crowd was all smiles upon entering the magnificent soiree on the 28th floor.

Hosts Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, toasted Toledo as the Couture Council’s recipient of the 2008 Award for Artistry of Fashion.

Fashionably attired partygoers posed for photos while enjoying Toledo Mojitos. Narciso Rodriguez, Cynthia Rowley, Maria Cornejo, and Vera Wang were spotted chatting with Isabel’s husband, Ruben Toledo. He graciously handed out fans that were adorned with the likeness of his wife. The guests were equally enchanted with Ruben’s designs which decorated the expansive space.

This party comes as a precursor to the exhibition of Isabel Toledo’s masterpieces which is scheduled to open at the Museum at FIT in June 2009 entitled, Holy Toledo! Isabel Toledo and the Art of Fashion. The retrospective explores Toledo’s creative musings and more than seventy-five inspirational looks.

Entrance to the Loft

The Party Scene

Stephen Knoll, Simon Doonan, Freddie Leiba,
Glenda Bailey (Editor Harper's Bazaar) and Ruben Toledo

Tim Schifter, Rachel Tanski , Simon Doonan and Janet Tanski French
With Isabel Toledo Designed Fans

Rosemary Ponzo Ruben Toledo and ?
Isabel Toledo, Peter Cohen and
Carmen Dell'Orifice
Designer Maggie Norris and Freddie Leiba
Rebecca Suhrawardi Austin, Louise Doktor and Terry Doktor Christiana Rhee and Lisa Malitz

Emmet McCarthy and Isabel Toledo

Carol Ramer, Joey Arias and FIT's Valerie Steele
This Photo is Courtesy of Jonathan Marder PR

Stephen Knoll

Carol Ramer and Linda Ogawa

Nashelly Messina Cruz, Nicole Fritton and ?

Hillary and Elizabeth T. Peek

Stephen Knoll, Carol Ramer and Patrick McDonald

Iris Apfel Kisses Simon Doonan, Carl Apfel Look On

Isabel Toldo Designed Fan

Isabel Toledo's Workroom


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