The Zang Toi show at “The Studio” was a very big hit with everyone at the newly set location at Lincoln Center. From the beginning, Zang brought the Lone Star state to the Empire State, with the outfits, look, and music reflecting the Oscar winning and epic film “The Giant”, starring Liz Taylor and James Dean. The Kelantan-born designer made quite a hit showcasing rugged cowboy looks combined with glamorous dresses and gowns in his 2011 Spring lineup.
The Texas debutantes sported big hair and up-do’s, and as the cowboy was strutting his stuff with western wear on the runway- lots of big hair and cowboy hats were everywhere. The women had thick brows and distinct full lips reminiscent of Liz Taylor. Toi requested super big hair for the models which matched the grandiosity of everything that evening in mid-September. Some big names who attended included Kelly Choi from Top Chef, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Dvorovenko from the American Ballet Theatre, Shantel VanSanten model and actress from One Tree Hill, and Romona Singer and LuAnne de Lesseps from the tv hit Real Housewives of New York City.
Zang’s over-the-top collection excited the crowd from the start as the clothes met the atmosphere’s drama in classic western style. Some of the biggest gasps from the crowd came when the magnificent colors were beginning to trickle into the collection. Beautiful floral prints and the big puffy dresses looked to be right out of the 60’s. The clothes ranged from elegant to opulent. It was clear his timeless designs cater to women with elegance and glamour, but have that ‘umph factor’ as well. His designs are always chic and glamorous, highlighting the female form, and packing a youthful punch.
Zang’s career started here in New York at the Parsons School of Design before winning the the 1990 Mouton Cadet Young Designer of the Year award which recognizes the top, young U.S. designer of the year. Since then, Zang has captured the attention of the fashion world and is now taking it by storm. He has dressed some of the world’s most well known women, including Sharon Stone, Gong Li, Eva Longoria, Fergie of the Black Eye Peas, Heather Graham, Devon Aoki, Farrah Fawcett, Patti LaBelle, Ivana Trump and Melinda Gates. Coming full circle, from Malaysia to New York, where he started his studies, its the American dream for Toi.