Vanidades hosted its 6th Annual “Magia de la Moda” fashion event on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 during Funkshion Fashion Week. Presented by COVERGIRL and Pantene, the high-fashion runway show was emceed by Lourdes Stephen, co-host of Univision’s Sal y Pimienta, and showcased Cuban-American fashion designer Isabel’s Spring-Summer 2012 collection. Attendees included internationally recognized artists including Mexican actress Marlene Favela; Latin singer Alex Wayne; luxury handbag designer and founder of El Diario de la Moda Adriana Castro; Puerto Rican-American singer and songwriter Elijah King; TV host, model and actress Chiquinquir Delgado; Mexican rock and jazz musician Alexander Otaola; Mexican actor Christian Carabias; Latin actress Patricia de Leon and actor Willy Martin.
The event took place at the Moore Building and began with a cocktail hour on the second floor followed by an award presentation and runway show on the first floor. Fashion Group International honored Vanidades Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Blanco and International Editor Mari Rodriguez Ichaso; former Regional Director of Fashion Group International Christina Martin and President & COO of Terra Group David Martin. Isabel & Ruben Toledo were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Isabel Toledo has been in the fashion industry for over 25 years and is nationally renowned for designing the lemongrass dress and matching coat First Lady Michelle Obama wore on Inauguration Day in 2009. Toledo made the U.S. debut of her Spring-Summer 2012 collection to at the “Magia de la Moda” runway show. The collection finds inspiration in the style and grace of the Caribbean woman. From evening gowns to short minimalist dresses, soft and delicate fabrics flow with ease and move effortlessly as if blown by the breeze. Many are hand-dipped in a watercolor palette to create stunning hues of coral and indigo, while silk failles in shades of stone, have been wrapped in chiffon the color of tropical fruit. Toledo’s work is a product of endless refinement; each collection is different, but emanates from previous ones. The innovative silhouettes are designed for women to feel free to be themselves.