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April 19 2014

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3 posts tagged "Ruben Toledo"

What Harlem Will Be Wearing This Summer

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Target’s newest megastore opens its doors in Harlem later this month, so to celebrate its new home, the brand tapped a few designers to create limited-edition, Harlem-centric items, a portion of the profits from which will go to neighborhood causes of their choosing. Isabel and Ruben Toledo contributed swimwear and cover-ups (Isabel-designed and Ruben-illustrated), like the graphic bikini and beach towel, above. (“El Museo,” perched atop the towel-lady’s coif, stands in for the collection’s beneficiary—El Museo del Barrio.) Designer Stephen Burrows designed brightly color-blocked dresses, and chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose new restaurant, Red Rooster, is slated to open in Harlem this fall, had a hand in fruit- and- vegetable-print potholders and kitchen accessories (the latter two to benefit libraries in local schools).

Isabel and Ruben Toledo for Target towel, $24.99, and bikini top and bottom, $17.99 each, available July 25 at Target, 517 E. 117 St., NYC, (212) 835-0860, and beginning August 1 at www.target.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Target

Toledo, Meet Topeka

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Top editors including W‘s Stefano Tonchi, Vogue‘s Sally Singer, and Kim Hastreiter of Paper magazine joined Isabel Toledo and the top brass from Payless ShoeSource at Casa Lever today for a lunch to fête the designer’s collaboration with the global chain. Toledo has created seven shoe styles—all vegan and all, she promises, comfortable to walk in—along with two bags. We’re particularly fond of the rubber-soled wedge ghillie on the gal on the left of this Ruben Toledo watercolor. Thanking CEO LuAnn Via and CMO Eran Cohen, who were in town from the company’s headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, Toledo said, “I’m very well oiled in the special and the unique, and you’re top at getting product to the masses.” With 4,200 locations in 19 countries (Russia will make 20 later this year), plenty of people are going to become better acquainted with Toledo’s special brand of uniqueness when the shoes arrive in September.

Illustration: Ruben Toledo

drawing the line

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A retrospective of the history of fashion illustration opened at the Leslie/Lohman Gallery last night with works from Kenneth Paul Block, Michael Vollbracht, Christian Bérard, and Ruben Toledo, among others. Says illustrator Robert Richards, who curated The Line of Fashion, “This genre has been kicked into the closet and now it’s time for it to come back out. It’s an art form. Toulouse-Lautrec did it! Warhol did it! It’s great art that needs to be seen.” Not to be missed: the drawings of Joe Eula, who illustrated Halston‘s first show. The fledgling designer couldn’t afford a Polaroid and asked Eula to lend a hand.