HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY ZANG TOI – was the theme of this glorious evening on the runway at Lincoln Center! With a rich history of sheer brilliance, timeless beauty and exquisite style each person in attendance for Zang’s Spring 2015 show was there in honor of these attributes and more! To many who call Mr. Toi their friend, tears came to their eyes in the form of happiness and pride when speaking his legacy. Born in Kuala Krai, Malayasia and working his way up to the glorious streets of Manhattan, Toi has proved himself as the designer for real women who love living their life in the most sophisticated and beautiful way possible.
Now for the collection! It was a bit different from what we are used to seeing coming down the runway. There was a lot more casual and edgy sportswear than usual, but that was okay! it was still fantastic. Titled “A Privileged Life, The American Dream”, Zang took his inspiration from his own personal “American Dream”. The use of rich colors and textures is something that comes all too naturally so it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for the designer to incorporated his love of these attributes in his 25th Anniversary collection. The color palate consisted of shimmering white, navy blue, scarlet red, basic black, velvet green, and royal purple that truly made a statement. What made even more of a statement was how Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman” perpetually played as the models stomped down the runway! Two-toned reversible mini-skirts, ultra fitted suites, edgy knit-wear, silver buttoned embellished velvet jackets reminiscent of the last 1960’s and early 1970’s began the show and flowed into more loosely fitted garments, high-collared ruffled blouses , cocktail dresses and beautiful evening gowns! The collection was filled with bold stripes and orchid placement prints that set the vibe.
As the show commenced Richard Renda, fashion photographer for “Richard Renda Totally Cool” stopped the show with a surprise anniversary cake running down the runway trying to grab the bashful designer to come back on the runway for a second time and great his thousands of singing fans including Bill Cunningham, Ivana Trump, and Whoopie Goldberg who were all there singing “Happy Anniversary to you…!!” It was truly a remarkably special moment that I will forever and always remember and I am so thankful to have been a part of this great moment in fashion history!
HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY TO A DESIGNER WHO’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, GENEROSITY, AND CARE FOR ALL LEAD THE WAY FOR HIS LEGACY OF UNPRECEDENTED DESIGN, TALENTED WAYS AND GLAMOROUS TAKE ON LIFE! HERE’S TO ZANG TOI AND ANOTHER 25 YEARS & BEYOND OF BEAUTIFUL CLOTHING.
xoxo Dara Senders – The Style Senders