Greek goddesses graced the runway at Zang Toi‘s spring summer 2016 collection in a vision of ocean blues and greens inspired by Santorini. The mostly white palette was adorned with intricately hand-beaded detailing and couture pieces, accessorized with bold statement necklaces. The line spoke nothing but elegance; a jet-setter’s dream closet fully equipped with long flowing capes and sculpted separates. Toi ended the show with a literal show-stopping glamorous Santorini bride with a crown of white lilies. It was elegant, lovely, and so Zang Toi. The audience was thrilled and stood to applaud the designer when he went for his own walk down the runway.
Since 1989, designer Zang Toi has built a world-renowned fashion house that has luxury insiders anxious for more of the House of Toi. Toi opened the show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with a male ballerina performance. The attention to details and theatrics were just part of the beautiful opening—which followed with clothes just as intricately played out.
At first, a dark palette of black, navy suits, jackets, trousers and shorts graced the runway. It was slightly confusing for a spring show, until finally ballet pinks and spring blues emerged on red-carpet-worthy gowns and dresses. The ‘ballet babes’ themed show was glamorous and paid homage to the ballet, as many of Toi’s looks are named accordingly. His show was beautiful—and it was beautiful watching him walk the runway with the model at the end, filled with emotion of putting his amazing line down the catwalk at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It’s no surprise that Toi has dressed countless celebrities and won too many to count awards. After covering shows for almost 4 years now, this was the very first time I have ever witnessed the ENTIRE audience rising for a standing ovation. Wow—what a moment!
For more of Zang Toi, check out his website at http://zangtoi.com/