Zang Toi, born and raised in Malaysia, has been dressing women in his beautiful creations ever since he arrived in New York at the age of 20. Shortly after his studies at the Parsons School of Design, U.S. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour featured Toi in a March 1990 issue making him one of the first Asian designers to be championed by the renowned editor.
"If anyone is THE NEXT BIG THING, it's him."Frank De Caro, Newsday, 1991
Romantic French music and elegant designs charmed the crowd at Zang Toi’s Spring/Summer 2017 runway show during New York Fashion Week. For his “Glorious Giverny Garden” collection, Malaysian-born Toi seemed to have taken a stroll through Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s garden located in Giverny, a village in the upper Normandy region of France. Black, ivory, and lilac were the predominant colors in Toi’s palette of choice.
Zang Toi, a Parsons School of Design graduate, presented the 34-look runway show in his trademark style of three distinct parts. Models first emerged draped in black trench coats and ivory cardigans. As the show music transitioned, so did the clothes, with the second segment introducing embroidered flowers and more cocktail and evening looks. One standout piece was the dramatic trench ballgown lined in violet silk. The gowns ranged from solid colours, to a mix of black and lilac, to various shades of purple. The finale featured a solid violet gown, with a lilac shrug that was encrusted with beaded silk pansies, embodying Toi’s vision of a flourishing garden. The two gemstone chokers were amongst the most spectacular pieces in the final segment of the show. A continuation from previous seasons, these lilac and violet hand-encrusted chokers elevated the runway looks and drew gasps from the crowd.
The Spring/Summer ’17 collection perfectly captured the essence of a blooming garden in the springtime in France and held true to the elegance and attention to detail that Toi has become known for in the last twenty years of his career.
Review by Asha Ruparell // Photos by April Chang
Zang Toi's love affair with France continues in his Spring/Summer '17 collection which is an ode to the gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet.