NY Fashion Week Spring 2012: Zang Toi runway review

September 19, 2011
By Sheryl Blasnik
Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley in Zang Toi

Zang Toi, a native of Malaysia who attended Parsons School of Design in NYC, presented his Spring 2012 elegant collection on September 13th at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.  The collection was his “Dream of North Africa”.  With a color palette inspired by the desert consisting of hues of desert brown, ebony, ivory and sapphire blue the designer transported us back to the African desert.

This collection was inspired by my dream of North Africa. The luxurious and inspiring spirit that I experienced in the entire Arab region when I visited 10 years ago was remembered when I recently read an article on the re-opening of the iconic La Mamounia.” said Toi.

Zang Toi

The show opened with a stunning and standout desert silk gazar linen goddess coat bordered with 23K gold leaf worn with a gazar linen strapless jumpsuit.  A favorite look that caught my attention was the use of gold chains that were draped on an ebony handloomed rayon knit short-sleeeved gown.  For a more toned down casual evening out with friends was the black silk jersey T-shirt with gold and sapphire beading that said “Make Love, Not War” worn with a pair of gold metallic leggings.  I could see young hollywood wearing this look.

Zang also mixed it up with some strong ebony menswear inspired smoking blazers with sculpted collars and silk ottoman lean trousers with a silk satin waistband.  The looks were clean and crisp and had a hint of femininity with gold chain accessories.  His aesthetic is timeless and has a wide appeal.

Zang Toi

The highlight of his show this season was the finale.  Kirstie Alley, who we last saw on Dancing with the Stars, walked the runway last wearing a size 4 jewel encrusted “one thousand nights & one night” imperial blue coat worn over a sapphire couture silk gazar strapless imperial gown.  She was applauded and the audience looked on with nods of approval for a job well done.

Hair: Eiji Salon

Makeup: Beauty by Rudy for Amazing Cosmetics

Nails:  Nail Taxi


Images:  NY Magazine

Sheryl Blasnik


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