The Toledos make appearance at Boston Fashion Week

Isabel and Ruben Toledo at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design on Tuesday night.

Lizzy Flanagan

Isabel and Ruben Toledo at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design on Tuesday night.

Jan Bloch

From left: Jess Abernethy, Danielle Fortin, and Jonathan Joseph Peters.


Boston Fashion Week events continue to feature industry VIPs. On Tuesday, BOND at the Langham’s “Timeless Tuesdays” featured designers who are collaborating on the new Providence boutique,“nude.” The biggest name of the group — which includes Sarah Prost, Susan Troy, Jess Abernethy, Amy Stetkiewicz, and Kent Stetson — is probably Jonathan Joseph Peters, who was on the seventh season of “Project Runway.” Peters told us before the show that he has stayed in Providence because the city inspires him, and because it has cool spaces like the historic Arcade building (which now houses nude.), where artists can display their work. He told us he still watches “Runway,” and mentioned being a fan of Season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin. BOND also hosted an event on Monday featuring New England Revolution players, including Andy Dorman and Kelyn Rowe, as models. Revs player Ryan Guy hosted the night of designs by Modus Collection Clothing Co. as a benefit for Friends Fighting Breast Cancer, which raises money for breast cancer research at Mass. General. . . . MassArt hosted a Tuesday-night talk with designer Isabel and artist and sculptor Ruben Toledo, who will have an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts next year. The couple talked to Globe style writer Christopher Muther onstage in the Tower Auditorium about their collaborative process, their Cuban roots, famous friends such as Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol, and their most famous fan, Michelle Obama, who wore Isabel Toledo’s lemongrass ensemble to the 2009 inauguration. The spouses revealed that they’ll be creating original work for the MFA as opposed to showing their previous designs. Sinesia Karol, Deborah Lewis, and Fran Slutsky chaired the event, which benefited the International Institute of New England’s Stitching Studio training program.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.
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