SPLENDOR OF SANTORINI
The show began with a white cotton group that included everything from a svelte blazer and high-waist trousers to a dramatic Swiss cotton oversize shirt and hip-hugging miniskirt trimmed in platinum leather. Toi’s white cotton organdy blouses with pouf sleeves — a few bordered in eyelet lace — were some of his best looks.
In a more arty mood, Toi used vibrant Greek granny crochet patches on his hand-loomed cotton jackets, sculpted coats and A-line dresses. Yet he never slipped into ethnic excess. For nighttime, a navy woven silk sheath with green sequined cap sleeves was one of the designer’s stronger looks. But some of his sweeping, swirling, floor-length embellished gowns and capes were too theatrical, especially for this industrial stage.
Bravo beauties Jill Zarin, Sonja Morgan, LuAnn de Lesseps and NeNe Leakes as well as Orange is the New Black actress Jackie Cruz and the legendary Patti LaBelle were in attendance.
Zang Toi is a renowned Fashion Designer who has built a tradition of elegance for over 20 years. Coming from humble beginnings, Zang was born and raised in a small village, Kuala Krai in Kelantan, Malaysia. He was the youngest of seven children of a local grocer. Zang landed in New York City at the age of 20 where he studied at the distinguished Parsons School of Design. In August 1989, he opened his atelier and soon after, U.S Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour featured Zang in March 1990 issue and was one of the first Asian designers championed by the renowned editor. Since that time, Zang’s work has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Financial Times, etc. Not only has he dressed Hollywood celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Farrah Fawcett, Kristie Alley, Patti LaBelle, Gong Li, Eva Longoria, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) and Heather Graham, but has also created luxurious wardrobe for philanthropists and royalty including Melinda Gates and Saudi Princess Haifa Bandar Al Saud.
Along with his passion for glamorous fashion, Zang has been an avid supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG) and has raised over USD $700,000 to help in the effort in finding a cure for cancer. His was recognized by the foundation in 2008/2009 when he was presented with the Lance Armstrong Foundation Top Fundraiser Award. Zang’s continued success was most recently recognized by VividMagazine where he was named as one of the Top 8 most influential Chinese Americans (June-July 2011 issue). Today, the world continues to recognize Zang’s passion for timeless beauty as he builds on a strong tradition of elegance.