Designer Zang Toi brings us a collection of classic elegance with the sensibility that often lack in contemporary collections by younger designers. Toi dresses his women and his gentlemen as they were by-done era silver screen icons like Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant in “Suspicion“, Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck in “Spellbound“. His designs maintain a certain decorum, the dresses are beautiful and the suits are well tailored. The models walked out in head scarves and stylish coiffure showing off long and lean lines. He has couturier strength that young designers coming out from fashion schools in these past few years no longer possess. A good drape and a good cut make a difference.
I love the lilac blossom prints in S/S 2017, they are like paintings by Claude Monet, they whisper softly. The color is light but regal, the collection is cohesive and well edited in monochromatic color and texture scheme. I just watched a dramatized autobiography of Orry Kelley and Toi’s designs are like those designs Orry created for his Hollywood sirens between 1930s to 1960s. There is no sloppiness in Zang Toi’s designs, they are just like those made by old masters. Toi’s clothes are meant to be made well for those who appreciate quality and the beauty of high fashion.
The House of Zang Toi has built a tradition of elegance over 20 years, his designs are proof to this tradition. More on the designer at: zangtoi.com