Zang Toi Fall 2008
Where & When: Friday, February 8th at 5 p.m. in the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: The last show of Fashion Week is always a bit kooky, and that was certainly the case for Zang Toi. As songs like "American Girl" gave way to early Bjork tunes, the models walked at a glacially slow pace, perhaps a fitting way to show off the Mongolian-lamb-trimmed ski parkas and sable coats; toward the end, the models actually did the cheesey "aswirl" twirl at the beginning of the runway to display the admittedly gorgeous cowl backs of the evening gowns. The collection was inspired by a trip to the Adirondacks, and while the parkas and grunge-lite separates were fitting, I don't know where one would wear the multitude of red, white, and black gowns with Native American (or, as Toi called them, "American Indian"--so much for political correctness) motifs. Needless to say, the audience, which was clearly filled with loyal clients, loved it--the woman sitting in front of me dramatically raised her hands above her head to applaud the looks she liked.
Standout Look: The super-glam beaded cowl-back velvet gowns at the end were absolutely beautiful and sure to please Toi's uptown clientele.
Bonus Points: I knew I'd had enough of Fashion Week when I spotted a comely fellow in the front row and thought, "Who is that sexy, sexy guy?" Um, it was Constantine Maroulis from American Idol. Yes, I was that tired.
Where to Buy: Nordstrom

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