Michelle Obama furthur sealed her place in showcasing American fashion with today's Inauguration Day outfit -- a yellow gold brocade dress and matching coat by Cuban-American fashion designer Isabel Toledo. [ via AP ] Isabel was the Creative Director of Anne Klein for a short period of time and her husband, Ruben Toledo is one of the most famous fashion illustrators, who most recently illustrated Nina Garcia's books. What I adore is Michelle's promotion of a fashion designer who's avant-garde and not part of all the hype. Isabel Toledo is a fashion designer who truely understands garment construction and it's said that she considers herself more of a seamstress, not a "fashion designer".
Here's Isabel Toledo at Anne Klein's Spring 2008 fashion show. [ via Style.com ]
Read more about Isabel Toledo in her interview online with Marpop as well as coverage from fellow fashion blogger and friend Nichelle over at 55 Secret Street who attended an event at the designer's penthouse apartment.
I'm looking forward to more fashion inspiration from both Isabel Toledo and Michelle Obama.