This past Tuesday I was lucky to have seen the Zang Toi fashion show as part of New York Fashion Week (NYFW)! I had gone to one of his shows in the fall to view his spring/summer 2018 collection, thus, when I found out my dad had been invited once again, I agreed to go immediately. There will be two posts about the show: one about the show itself, and his fall collection (this post); and another about my experience backstage, and some of the model’s experiences working with Zang Toi.
The designer’s recent trip to Rome was the inspiration for this season’s collection. He was mesmerized by all the beauty the city had to offer and knew that his next collection would all be inspired by the atmosphere of the eternal city. Throughout the show, he had classic Italian music playing in the background, which enhanced the atmosphere of the show, and brought everything he had envisioned to life. Zang Toi’s Roman Holiday collection was mostly in grayscale with hints of orange, red, and vermillion. He said he wanted to honor the great Italian virtuosi, Valentino. To do so, he incorporated a number of Valentino Red pieces into his collection: tights; a jumpsuit and cape with black embroidering along the trim; and a stunning single shouldered, A-Line, maxi dress.
He started off with relatively conservative looks, he then begin incorporating colour gradually. First by tights and sleeves, and then by adding painted flowers onto a black based outfit. His last few designs closed the show off beautifully with floor length gowns of pure pink, orange, and red.
THE CONSERVATIVE ONES
THE START OF COLOUR
SEDUCTIVE AND SULTRY
Toi focused on elegant palazzo pants, tailored coats, cashmere and wool sweater dresses, and tops and skirts, all worn with Twila True Fine Jewelry. He even incorporated fur into the lineup, all in grayscale, with a divine floor length mink coat. Florals were brought in as embroideries, as a print on a suit set, and on large flower crowns that were paired with evening looks. A mini skirt-dress with beautiful silk flowers fittingly closed the show.
Although I have a great love for all fashion designers and the masterpieces they create, Maestro Toi’s designs always surprise me! He always manages to incorporate upcoming trends, along with daring, new elements, while still keep the face he is known for. I could easily see myself wearing any of the pieces and outfits he created, from his past shows, and his newest. It’s as if he takes everything I could ever want for an outfit and make it come to life. He is truly an amazing, astonishing, and astounding artist!