Midnight in the Garden of Good and the Toledos

Bevy Smith

Last weekend a group of Northerners beset upon Savannah, but unlike Sherman’s March, we were thoroughly welcomed! Savannah College of Art & Design (celebrating their 30th Anniversary) held their Senior Fashion Show on Saturday night and it was a veritable who’s who’s of style!

The modern day Charles & Ray Eames and perennial PAPER contributors, Isabel and Ruben Toledo were recipients of the 2009 Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award! ALT, wearing a black silk caftan with a now ubiquitous Obama family pin and a gold chain worthy of King Henry the 8th (wonder what Morley Safer would have to say about that look), introduced the Toledos emphasizing not only their amazing career accomplishments but also their uber-successful love affair that has lasted 25 years!

Ruben charmed the audience by asking all of us to squeeze together so he could take a photo. The Toledos were eloquent and inspiring. Ruben told the students that the power to form the future of fashion is in their hands! Of course they both looked smart -- Isabel, did you hold out on Mrs. Obama with that fab ivory coat/dress moment, DIVINE! The Toledos have inspired me to start looking for an artist I can collaborate with professionally and personally (does anyone know Nick Cave, I would love to sport a form fitting “Sound Suit” while performing the “Stanky Leg”).

The audience was filled with chic fashion insiders like, Project Runway’s Mychael Knight, NY “Man About Town” Cator Sparks and fashion photographer/SCAD alum Eli Schmidt who also photographed the divine fashion show program.

From the program to the actual runway show, this was no amateur night! The students had Style Lab Mentors, the hunky, brooding Yigal Azrouel and the charming, debonair Lars Nilsson. Yigal and Lars collaborated with the students on their designs and it showed; the looks were ready for New York Fashion Week! They also had “back of house” assistance with high priestess of runway struts, Ms. J Alexander and legendary stylist, Catherine Baba, styling the show. For a more in-depth look at the collections, go here.

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