Zang Toi was born in Malaysia and is a Parson's School of Design graduate.
Colors: pink, black, white, blue
Materials: silk, crepe, organza, denim, cotton, linen, cashmere, suede
While this show was a parade of theater wardrobe costumes, there were a few pieces that would fit fine on the racks at department stores for women who like a classic debutante dress. Lets not forget that there is something for everyone's tastes when it comes to clothing. Perhaps a country artist or a lady who attends black tie galas could wear a piece or two. I also very much enjoyed the shirtless male model that kicked off the show as well. So, thank you for that.
This show had more losers than winners. While I believe Zang Toi was trying to bring excitement into a fashion week of plain garments, the execution was over done. From everything to the theme, the music, and the garments, Lone Star Cowboy & The Texas Rose was a literal display of the American cowboy culture. At times the collection seemed like Ralph Lauren's anniversary collection gone wrong. Where a look couldve been a knock out, a craft store trimming was added to downgrade it. The black peak lapel blazer and classic trouser were flawlessly made, but the pink bow on the lapel seemed like an afterthought. The same goes with black silk ball gown and the black floor length gown. The denim suits and jeans looks should've been edited out.
So you know this theme of Lone Star Cowboy & The Texas Rose that inspired Zang Toi? He had the music to match. The show started out with Save a Horse by Big and Rich. I thought, Brilliant, hes mocking America's country culture. A large portion of the crowd somehow knew the lyrics to the song. A large heavily made up older blond woman was "riding the saddle" in her seat while swinging an invisible lasso. Was I at a New York fashion show? From there, the music switched to Main Theme of The Magnificent Seven. Finally, for the last 15 minutes of the show--I shit you not--this is by no means an exaggeration, since I Shazam App'd this song twice--once at 9:39 and then again at 9:55--and it was still playing as the show ended. Show goers were driven mad by Giant by Dimitri Tominkin. At one point the security guard saw me using my Shazam app and asked "is this still the same song?" Indeed it was. As I exited he said "We'll all need therapy after this." Click on the link and give it a listen, just for a minute and imagine hearing it for 15 minutes straight at about 90 decibels.
People and Scene
I don't even want to talk about how packed this show was. All week, I have not seen one single tent show in The Studio venue this crowded. People were packed in the way KFC or Taco Bell stuffs every food-like substance on its menu into a one bowl fraken-food concoction.