Zang Toi presents collection in New York

NEW YORK, March 1 (Bernama) -- Braving cold winds on a recent Sunday night, fashion buffs and fans thronged to see the latest fall 2011 fashion collection at ''The Studio'' in New York’s Lincoln Centre offered by Malaysian fashion designer, Zang Toi, who has made a name for himself and also for the country of birth, in America’s fashion world.

Toi is one of the many designers who presented their collections at the New York’s Fashion Week.

Kelantan-born Toi’s collection, aptly called "Timeless Beauties", was characterised by elegance conveyed through a skilful blend of luxurious fabrics. Toi relied heavily on camel fabric in charcoal and black shades, with a soft sprinkling of brilliant emerald.

Toi presented a total of 33 pieces of his haute fashion borne by models representing a mix of races - Caucasian, Oriental and African-American ethnicity - used baby camel hair and silk combos, cashmere and silk blend for suiting, double face wool herringbone with hints of the fox and mink and hand-woven beading.

"You need imagination and visual talents for such a presentation," said Jessica Bong, a Melaka-born Malaysian interior designer who said she had come from New Jersey to witness the show.

TIMELESS BEAUTIES

Toi’s "Timeless Beauties" went through many alterations and changes, a sign of his obsession with achieving perfection that has become the hallmark of his creations.

The exquisite beading work for his latest collection was done in India which has built a reputation for such intricate work in any field of fashion - be it clothing, jewellery or other products.

Such beading craftsmanship is unique to India, as fashion critics watching the lanky models doing the cat walk with Toi’s creation remarked.

However, the "real work", as Toi said, was done by his employees in his office in 57th Street off New York’s Fifth Avenue that is dotted by houses of many renowned fashion designers and other celebrities hawking their products that range from branded clothing through shoes to jewellery. Toi, who said in interviews with Bernama that he relies on his "self resourcefulness" to create his collections, emphasizes that he is a "hands-on person" but coordinates very closely with his staff to get the end product made as precisely as he had conceptualized it.

TOI''S PIECE DE RESISTANCE

But Toi’s piece de resistance of his creation presented on that night was a black silk gazar strapless ball gown, with beads and lace embellished with fine Swarovski crystal pieces which was worn by Jill Zarin, a star of the "Real Housewives of New York City".

The gown costs, according to some sources at the Lincoln Center presentation, a mind-boggling US$30,000, a retail price which not everybody can afford to pay.

Besides Zarin, another prominent person who walked the runway for Toi was the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer, Cory Stearns. The packed auditorium of "The Studio" at Lincoln Center, where Toi made his presentation, had a large VIP turnout; some of those who had accepted Toi’s invitation, included multi Grammy Award winning singer Kelly Bensimon, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Luann de Lesseps , Irina Dvorevenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky (both of the American Ballet Theater).

Toi, who will in July complete 30 years of doing business in New York, has woven a web of high-profiled contacts over the years, catering to movie stars and other entertainment icons.

His aesthetic collections always carry a streak of the modern and sophisticated glamour that have won him loyal customers.

SPECIFIC THEME

But Toi, who usually presents his collection under a specific theme, said that this was the first time that he had presented a collection without a theme.

The night’s collection showed that he had concentrated on classic styles expressed through the most luxurious material.

Toi, who likes to call his clients his "true inspiration", dedicated his latest collection to them.

The customers, he says, are "timeless beauties" and this was also the title of his collection.

Toi’s name has often been proposed by the US-based Malaysian community as a potential Malaysian ambassador for tourism. Toi would be an excellent candidate to don this role which would benefit Malaysia immensely because of his extensive high-echelon contacts in the field of business, fashion, entertainment.

Besides the large mainstream American admirers and supporters, Toi was boisterously cheered by many Asians at ''The Studio'' who had come to view the catwalk. Aside from some Malaysians, there were Chinese from the mainland and Hong Kong, Indians, Indonesians and Filipinos.

Source: BERNAMA / Yahoo.com
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