I remember watching Pattie LaBelle at award shows on tv and being fascinated by the gowns, cloaks and stage pieces she would wear. They were all so elegant and you could tell each piece was designed especially for her... and they were. Malaysian designer Zang Toi is known to have designed and dressed Pattie Labelle, Eartha Kitt, Eva Longoria and Sharon Stone just to name a few.
To attend the Zang Toi show during New York Fashion Week, it was more than a show. It was an inside view into the House of Toi. The theme of the collection was Luxe Life on Lake Garda. It featured vast combinations of black and white with accent colors such as green the blue. The lushness of the green fabrics used reminded me of emerald tones and green palm trees. The blue colorstory ranged from baby blue to cobalt. Both colors stood out like a highlighter on a blank page.
Kimono and caftans were shown in many colorways and fabrics. Some were baby blue and white or my fav green with black lace on the hem. The handkerchief skirts with Zang sketched prints were a refreshing take on the traditional ball gown with symmetrical and asymmetrical hems. Wool sweaters with vertical parallel lines hugged the frame of the models. Trousers swayed down the runway with matching jackets or capes. The strong all white looks made me want to wear all white after labour day. The male formal suit was striking and tailored to precision.
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The shoes were designed in house along with the lace chokers. The makeup and hair were fierce, yet suttle. The hair was styled in a sleek, high, long ponytail. The makeup was nude and soft with a shimmering highlight. Zang Toi completed his final walk with a jeweled green headband with a black suit.
Walking backstage to get up close to the pieces I looked to my right and saw a crowd of security personnel. As I looked in the middle of the crowd there was a familiar face. It was Patti LaBelle! With my loudest whispering voice, I said “ We love You Patti”. Someone tapped her shoulder and pointed me out. She grabbed my hands, we looked each other in the eye and had a moment. I told her how much of an inspiration we was to me. What a full circle moment.
I left Skylight Clarkson and headed to my apartment to get ready for the afterparty. Zang Toi was opening the doors of his 800 squarefoot boutique during NYFW. I fell in love with the aesthetic of the boutique. Sleek white with black accents. There were two spacious dressing rooms with mirrored walls. At the center of the boutique was a large glass table with an arrangement of fresh boxed roses. It was packed with clients, well wishers and media all trying to imprint a piece of the House of Toi into the memory. I have an imprint and it will stay in my mind until Zang Toi creates another one next season.
Congrats to Zang Toi on the grand opening of your new boutique and your elegant collection.
It was a joy to witness.