Zang Toi is human. It was evident by the way that he emerged from backstage on the runway only minutes after the end of the presentation to converse with friends, fans and family alike, to the way that he provided complimentary food for the photographers right before the start of his show; Toi is human and respects others as such.
Maybe it’s that humanity and humility that really inspires his diehard fans. Real Housewives of Atlanta star and former model Cynthia Bailey gushed about his designs before running for a picture with the designer: “I thought it was so beautiful. The thing I like about Zang’s clothing is that it’s always so elegant and rich looking,” she said. “It’s so unique, there’s just nothing else like it. I can recognize a Zang Toi piece from anywhere.”
That elegance certainly shone through at the Fall 2014 presentation. A cashmere, menswear inspired 30s gangster trouser suit came with a fox stole, while a simple silk A-line gown came covered with a jade capelet, studded with diamonds and onyx.
And yes, at times as humans do, the collection stumbled as in the case of an English wool tweed suit with a sheared mink collar and lapel that seemed a little too “cut and paste.” But each time, like a few of the models on the runway, Toi took only seconds to find his groove again, following it up with pieces like a silk floral brocade shell coat, where the fox fur cuffs came off just right.
30s inspirations were clear throughout the collection with the art deco references, glam hairstyles and fringe inclusion. Billowing evening gowns, fur trimmings and diamond embellishing make the collection live up to its “Paris of the Orient” tag line.