"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." — Edith Head.
It was party time for pretty people at Zang Toi's 30th Anniversary Fashion Show and Celebration and everyone from the Toi "family" of friends and fashioinistas was on hand, ready to "soirée."
Zang has a gift for making friends wherever he goes. Ask anyone at fashion shows about how they know him, and you will hear a story of some propitious occasion when they first met Zang.
On September 10th, it was time to tell the story of Zang's thirty years of couture. The guests arrived in "full feather," many elegantly decked in one of Zang Toi's creations. Looking around the ballroom at 3 West Club while waiting for the production to begin, was the show before the show, with celebrities from Jean Shafiroff to Patti Labelle, plus a sprinkling of Trumps, adorning the audience.
Toi stated that he was inspired by the culture of Malaysia as he created his collection for Spring/Summer of 2020. In a tribute to Toi's heritage, the fashion parade began with the playing of the Malaysian National Anthem.
First down the runway were black and white, tailored, elegant garments that are timeless in their appeal. Toi always uses the best silks and this season he also used some top-of-the-line cotton denim to create crisp silhouettes for his daywear. So don a Toi, take three steps, stop, pull off one glove, hold in the opposite hand, pose, and proceed through life.
Then it was prom time for the haut monde, with exquisite frothy ball gowns and cocktail dresses in dessert mint colors of pink, green, lavender and pale yellow. The gowns were gorgeous, a fantasyland for every woman who has dreamed of being a fairy princess.
In honor of the adage, "Know your customer," Zang created a variety of styles suitable for societies from the young and "hot to trot" to the wives of Middle Eastern potentates. Toi's collection can be worn from Seattle to Saudi Arabia, including the show-stopping white gown worn by supermodel Carol Alt.
Scroll down for close-ups of the hair and makeup styles and the names of the artists.
Makeup for the show was supplied by Ubati New York. Rudy Miles from beautybyrudy was the makeup artist.
Hair products were from Redken. Roy Naccour from J. Joseph Salon styled the beehive hairdos which were inspired by 1960's photographs of Zang’s beautiful mother. The fresh romantic look was complemented by French manicures by Marcello Costa's beauty team.
See below photos for closeups of the hair and make up styles. Photo Credit: Paulina Vela.