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Topic - Isabel Toledo
Michelle Obama has proven her fashion savvy time and again since she was introduced as first lady in a lemongrass-yellow sheath and coat by Isabel Toledo on Inauguration Day 2009 _ so much so that we don't discuss it nearly as much as we used to.
In the first major runway show for her own label in more than a decade, Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo introduced her "watercolor" spring-summer 2012 collection in Miami.
With cool jazz playing in the White House foyer and lobster carpaccio on the East Room tables, the first lady celebrated the award winners for the National Design Awards Wednesday as "folks whose work has literally changed the way we look at the world and how we live our daily lives."
"Interesting for me has been to come to another place in the country where people are open to fashion," she said. "They want the experience to go to a fashion show. In a way it's not business, it's joy."
"Being a small company, you're just not big enough to show the way that the big brands show," she said. "And I actually felt that my work deserved a lot more attention as far as the intimacy of fashion."