Showing posts with label ZANG TOI. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ZANG TOI. Show all posts

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Story By: Lieba Nesis

Jean Shafiroff And Zang Toi

Malaysian designer Zang Toi, 56, held his fashion show this week at Pier 59 studios. 

Zang, who was awarded a knighthood by the Sultan of Kelantan in 1997 and given the title of "Datuk" by the King of Malaysia in 2013 is a darling of the New York social set for both his incredible accomplishments and his winning demeanor. Toi is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and opened his own atelier in 1989 with a modest collection of sarongs, suits and dresses. He has since dressed Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Jean Shafiroff, Ivana Trump, Patti Labelle and many other luminaries. His clothing is available in the couture department at Nordstrom, fine specialty boutiques and at his store on 1046 Lexington Avenue. Zang is an original and he spreads goodwill wherever he goes. 

On The Runway

The highlight of fashion week was attending his show because of the cool elegance he executed so effortlessly. Zang said that his collection was inspired by the palazzos and monuments of Rome and his clothing looked straight out of the movie "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis." The 32 looks presented covered the gamut from demure greys to bright oranges and pinks; this was signature Zang-beginning the show with more businesslike attire and escalating the excitement with one red carpet look after another.

The opening look featured a royal mink sculpted coat with a cashmere charcoal jumpsuit-I rarely see fur at a Zang collection and I liked what I saw. The royal mink placed on the collar and sleeves of the cashmere grey suits were perfection. I was beginning to think I was at a Dennis Basso presentation. Zang even had a model carrying a knapsack and featured girls with red and pink tights with matching sleeves and hats-a possible indication that Zang was targeting a younger market. The Andrea Bocelli music accompaniment was divine transporting the audience to a garden in Rome. When the embroidered capes and floral gowns came down the runway the transformation was complete. 

Creativity abounded, with colored beading presented on the back of tights and a backward diamond necklace adorning a model's neck-Zang wasn't missing a trick. Zang knows his colors and this year he used them to tremendous effect with bright silk florals and caped dresses in pink and orange hanging impeccably on the models who walked languidly down the runway. The black floral silk gown was nothing short of extraordinary and when these looks were accompanied by floral hats and lavish trains the drama was palpable. One of the model's orange wigs blended seamlessly with the color of the floral hat-a fun touch. The men were equally regal but I was missing dancer Cory Stearns who usually graces the runway. 

Concluding the show was a princess look of real hand appliqued red and orange silk bouquet flowers adorning the hat and skirt of the model. While Zang's specialty is undoubtedly dramatic capes with embroidered detail and jeweled collars this collection manifested a proficiency in furs and suits. In January 2018 style star Lupita Nyong'o attended the "Black Panther" premiere in a purple Versace dress with a gold jeweled collar and belt that had the name Zang written all over it-when Versace is copying your designs they must be pretty extraordinary.

Photo Courtesy Of: Patrick McMullan / Shafiroff Collection

Thursday, September 14, 2017



Story And Photos By:  Lieba Nesis
Jean Shafiroff With Zang Toi
Patti Labelle With Ivana Trump

Bella Oelmann With David Foster, Kimberly Guilfoyle And Bill Hemmer

Zang Toi's fabulous Spring 2018 collection was shown at Skylight Clarkson Square last night for fashion week. 

 Zang is a Malaysian born designer who is known to dress royalty and society -- and is one of those fashion stars whom everybody adores. Zang is famous for his elaborately embroidered velvet capes and caftans but today he showed he was a proficient designer who can master all genres. The clothing was much more demure than a typical Zang show but the beauty was still there. Zang is a perfectionist and it showed in every aspect of the presentation including the Zang Toi heels and jewelry chokers that adorned the model's necks. Zang is a master at color blocking and today he mixed emerald green and black, turquoise and white, green and gray, and white and black. He even showed his mastery of pants with an embroidered green sequined butterfly design that adorned gray silk pants. His use of taffeta, silk and cotton was luxuriously elegant and the crowd loved the collection.

Zang Toi Fashion

 Some of the luminaries who attended included: Ivana Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Patti Labelle, Jean Shafiroff, Carol Alt, and David Foster David Foster, the legendary music producer, said he could easily see fashion icon Celine Dion in one of the diaphanous gowns and loved the movement of the clothing. Phillip Bloch, Melania Trump's friend, was also fond of the collection and said he would love to style the new first lady since he considers her a close friend and wishes the President would take some fashion cues from Melania.

 It is fair to say Zang, with this collection, increased his audience by including a more understated pared down look that a twenty something in St. Tropez could easily wear. He also added some whimsical touches such as the handkerchief skirt that Zang sketch printed on and the green diaphanous skirt that hung from the black and white dress-the Sade background music added to the sultriness of these pieces. There was still plenty of opulence including the black velvet gown with an emerald green bodice, and the silk princess coat with emerald taffeta that concluded the collection; but this presentation showed Zang is one of those designers that can expand his breadth and increase his audience. If that wasn't exciting enough, guests headed to 1046 Lexington Avenue to celebrate the opening of the new Zang Toi boutique-another notch in Zang's ever expanding empire.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Zang Takes Us On a Delightful Detour to Giverny

Story & Photo By: Lieba Nesis

Jean Shafiroff With Zang Toi

Zang Toi held his fashion show the other day at Pier 59 with a supposed starting time of 7 PM. Anyone who has participated in fashion week knows that most shows begin at least a half hour late and Zang's was no different.

What does differentiate a Zang event is that most of the attendees are in love with the man behind the label and that was readily apparent in the boisterous room. Zang entitled his collection the "Glorious Giverny Garden" and from the minute it began I was transported to the Paris of old- where croissants and couture were the reigning preoccupations. Giverny is a village in the Upper Normandy region of France and it is known as the place where painter Claude Monet lived and worked from 1883 until his death in 1926.

Zang, 55, tapped into this beauty for his collection which featured glorious music and a Parisian laissez faire that permeated the evening. Toi is a renowned Malaysian designer who has been in business for over 27 years opening his first atelier in 1989 after arriving in the United States 35 years ago with just $300 in his pocket. His warm smile and infectious enthusiasm light up every room he walks into and he has a loyal following amongst the elite of Asia.

There were numerous luminaries including Carol Alt, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Cindy Adams, Jamee Gregory, Jean Shafiroff, and Jill Zarin who all came to pay homage to the delightful Zang. The show began with a black trench dress with kimono sleeves and a beige headscarf with black flats. This combination was reiterated in the next couple of looks in beige, black and ivory accompanied by flip flops and flats. It was not until the twelfth look that we were introduced to some color in the form of a lavender skirt suit which was then followed by a black dress with lavender silk pansies bordering the top of the dress. My favorite looks of Zang are the long dramatic coats with floral embroidery on the inside and the hand encrusted gem stones that adorned the model's neck and sleeves-these ensembles were drop dead gorgeous. Moreover, the lilac and violet combinations were beautifully executed especially when combined with a kimono sleeve hand embroidered monet wisteria. Toi closed the 35-piece collection with a lilac shrug which was encrusted with hand-beaded flowers-a magnificently elegant conclusion to a wonderful springlike evening.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Jean Shafiroff With Zang Toi

Tonight Zang Toi held his Fall 2016 Fashion Show at Pier 59 at Chelsea Piers. Approximately 500 people turned out including celebrities, friends and fans- to cheer the very talented Malaysian/American Fashion Designer. His rich creations highlighted the sumptuous colors of Asia. Bright orange reds, purples and luminous blacks flowed down the runway. The dazzling creations kept the audience mesmerized. Fashion icon Jean Shafiroff was photographed backstage looking truly fashionable.

In 1997, Zang Toi was knighted in his homeland of Malaysia. In 2013 he was given the title of Datuk by the King of Malaysia.

Sunday, December 20, 2015


Jean Shafiroff And Elsie McCabe Thompson

Zang Toi
Jean Shafiroff held a private holiday luncheon in honor of The New York Mission Society at Michael’s New York. Those in attendance included Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist & Activist); Elsie McCabe Thompson (President, The New York Mission Society); Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia; Zang Toi (Designer); Jeanne Lawrence (Writer, New York Social Diary); Geoffrey Bradfield (Interior Designer); Ann Rapp; Barbara Tober; CeCe Black; George Gurley; Kevin Roche; Ben Widdecombe; Randi Schatz (President, AVENUE Magazine); Edgar Batista; Andrea Greeven Douzet (Publisher, Manhattan Magazine); Carole Belladora; Craig Dix, Chele Chiavacci-Farley; Chiu-Ti Jansen; Lee Fryd; Roy Kean;  Alison Minton (Contributor, New York Social Diary); Marilyn Kirschner (Editor, TheLookOnline); Ernest Schmatolla (Founder, TheLookOnline); and Victor De Souza (Designer). A donation on behalf of each guest was made in honor of The New York Mission Society to support its efforts to improve the lives of children, youth and families in New York City's most underserved communities. Jean Shafiroff is proud to serve on the Board of The New York Mission Society and has previously been honored for her work on behalf of the organization in 2013.

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 Photos By: Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan

Monday, September 14, 2015


In Fashion Jean Shafiroff

Fashion icon Jean Shafiroff was recently photographed wearing a stunning Zang Toi gold beaded gown. 

Photo Courtesy Of: Michale Paniccia

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Jean Shafiroff

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff looked stunning even in the cold New York City weather, as she attended Zang Toi's party for the Human Right's Foundation at the famed designers showroom.

Mrs. Shafiroff was in fashion wearing Zang Toi.

Saturday, October 04, 2014


The New Yorker's For Children Gala

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff

Recently The New Yorker's For Children Gala was held at Cipriani's 42nd Street. Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was snapped in a very high fashion Gown by designer Zang Toi. The event raised needed monies for children with AIDS in foster care in New York City. 

Find out how you can help this great cause by visiting their website HERE.

 Photo By: Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Legend Patti Labelle

Fashion designer Zang Toi of - House of Toi , presented his Spring 2008 line with the help of friend Patti LaBelle who attended the show and also gave a stunning performance. Yes, it's fashion week in New York City and Times Square Gossip will be there to show all the celebrity fun !

Patti Labelle with Zang Toi
Photos By: Mark Rupp