NYFW – Zang Toi A/W 2014 collection
For autumn/winter 2014, Zang Toi turns eyes to Shanghai in the 1930s calling it “Paris of the Orient”. The designer stays true to House of Toi’s staple look – classy, perfectly tailored clothes, shaping a very feminine silhouette, luxe materials and attention to detail, but this season the collection is even more glamorous with a dose of lavish, retro chic.
The 34 autumns/winter looks feature a lot of furs and capes – two of the most noticeable trends seen in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for fall 2014. The furs are everywhere – on the cuffs, collars, stoles and even impressively bordering long velvet skirts.
The fashion spectacle started with light grey, cashmere “gangster” suits matched with fedoras and sexy over-the-knee stockings. The cashmere glend plaid mini trench worn with silk gazar cloud fitted shirt and ascot, captured a sense of seducing danger. The grey soon gave way to the main colours of the collection – jade green, peony red and of course black. The Malaysia-born designer prodigally uses diamond, jade and onyx pendants to highlight the long sculptured dresses and give them a rich, decadent feeling. Classic Chinese clothing like qui pao and Shanghanese tai tai suits get modern makeovers. Grand opera coats are decorated with black peony embroideries, while rayon sheath dresses feature cascading brilliant jade sequins and beads.
Zang Toi traditionally featured a couple of men’s looks in the collection – a loro piana cashmere gren plaid gangster suit with white cotton pique shirt at the opening and a cotton velvet cut away evening blazer and trousers, worn with brilliant jade silk gazar tuxedo shirt and a bowtie.
Our favourite look? A gorgeous brilliant jade cardigan wrap bordered with black art deco lace, over a black English wool jersey sheath dress with lace illusion back. So glamorous!
Photos: Esther Horvath
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