It was the last show after a thirteen hour day at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week… A ray of beauty perked a roomful of exhausted fashion elite. In a stunning runway presentation last week, Zang Toi gave a show that drew constant applause and the first sincere standing ovation I have ever seen at Lincoln Center.
The very first look was a dramatic caped cashmere figure that drew gasps from the audience. After that came gown after gown, embroidered jewels and luxury. The colors palette was simple, camel, lush forest green and black. There were hundreds of people in the studio venue, yet the atmosphere managed to be intimate and supportive.
Real Housewife of New York, Jill Zarin walked the runway in one of the most dramatic dresses. She also came out to help the designer take his much-deserved bow. Mr. Toi came out in a classic tuxedo and was visibly moved by the audience response.
I had previously worked with Zang Toi in my earlier days in embroidery design. He was always a sweet, creative man. I couldn’t be happier for the success of this collection!
Check out our exclusive interview with the designer in his studio: