Darling of NYCity Society set Zang Toi was seeing Green at his Spring 2018 collection show! Money green, not yet, but Emerald Green for sure. As the 1st 1st Lady Ivana Trump & the diva-licious Patti Labelle looked on from the front row, Toi sent look after look of his trademark luxe, structural pieces out to the adoration of the audience.
This season, however, the designer softened things up a little more than usual with a few flowy tunics & handkerchief hemmed dresses & skirts that were a departure for sure, but no less covetable than any other piece of this fabulous collection. While the dominant color, Emerald Green, was a bit jarring, the cuts of the collection & the fabrications he chose were anything but. His signature details were on every look.
Lace detailing could be found in abundance as well as a host of figure forgiving ensembles that were quintessential Zang Toi with every stitch. While there were plenty of evening ensembles for sure, the real action was in the easier pieces that were definitively rooted in the day. Short shorts & dresses with classic sweater sets as well as some super short mini-dresses looked equally at home along side some floor length caftans that will undoubtedly find their way poolside in countless Palm Beach lunches al fresco in the coming season.
There is no doubt that Zang Toi knows his customer. She turns out in droves at every show & if the response the audience had to the runway show is any indication of how his audience will react at retail (& we suspect it is), Mr. Toi has a hit on his hands!
-R. Scott French
Designer website: www.houseoftoi.com
Images: Elvia Gobbo