Saturday, May 9, 2015

Isabel Toledo Spring Collection, Park Grove Miami

Isabel Toledo Spring 2016
Park Grove Coconut Grove Miami
{Park Grove Residence Rendering provided courtesy of Terra Group}
On Monday, May 4th, Fashion Designer Isabel Toledo showed selectively gorgeous and beautifully crafted pieces at the Park Grove Sales Center.  Park Grove is the new, multi-tower residence project that's going to be calling Coconut Grove it's new home.  We were hosted on the 7th floor, in a mock up of a residence which boasted some of the most incredible waterfront views in Miami.  The project features the combined efforts of world class architects, designers and developers (Terra Group and Related Group). Famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas is credited with designing the overall project.  The residences will feature individual private rooftop pools (reserved for the Penthouses), 24 hour valet and concierge service, in addition to sleek and modern Sub Zero / Wolf appliances and floor to ceiling windows.  I'll take three, please.  
Park Grove Coconut Grove
{Park Grove Residence Rendering provided courtesy of Terra Group}

Ruben Toledo for Park Grove
{Park Grove Illustration by Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo's husband}
Now, on to the fashion!  What really stood out to me from this collection was the use of luxurious, high-end fabrics.  Each piece was constructed with material that had an infinite amount of detailing on it. My favorite look (pictured below), featured hundreds of applique flowers on a sheer skirt.  I love the muted color scheme of the dress with the pop from the flowers.  Isabel Toledo has been formally designing since the 1980's, but her love of fashion and design was cultivated from a very early age, in her Cuban hometown of Camajuani.  She's an inspirational woman in the business, who has solidified her place in fashion history with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama.  Obama wore an Isabel Toledo dress and coat to the Presidential Inauguration.  If you would like to read more about her, she just published her new book, Roots of Style.

Another fun fact about Toledo: she and her husband recently collaborated with makeup brand MAC on a collection where they designed the packaging for a new line.  They're items are so cute!
I was able to capture great photos of the designs, as they passed down the runway.  Take a look at those textiles - they're amazing!  I hope you enjoy this post.
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Isabel Toledo bow

{Park Grove Illustration by Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo's husband}
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