Isabel Toledo Makes Barneys History

After Michelle Obama chose Isabel Toledo’s lemongrass-colored design to wear to her husband’s swearing in ceremony, Creative Director of Barneys New York and personal friend of the designer, Simon Doonan, decided to tear down the window displays of the Madison Avenue store and replace them with an homage to Toledo. Fashionista says Barneys has never done this before.

This has been a banner week for 47-year old Toledo, who was born in a small town called Camajuani in communist Cuba and raised in the predominantly Latino suburb of West New York, NJ. The designer told, “As an American I am proud to be living the American Dream.”