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M.I.S.S. NYFW: Zang Toi Spring 2012

The Studio at Lincoln Center was packed with bodies for the recent Zang Toi Spring 2012 collection show. There was a buzz in the audience before the show and all throughout, and many looks were met with raucous cheers of approval from audience members. The first model to appear sashayed down the runway for an exorbitant amount of time, and posed demonstratively for the cameras at the top of the runway in her desert silk linen Goddess coat.

The drama continued for most of the show, as Toi transitioned from desert greens and khakis in the theme of “My Dream of North Africa” into a sub-collection of sapphire-colored evening wear under the title “One Thousand Nights & One Night.” The actual titles Toi uses are a bit confounding and possibly grammatically incorrect – but the man makes clothes well and knows how to put on a good show.

Favorite looks of the show include the ebony and ivory etro cotton jacquard tunic bordered with French lace and velvet linen. Equally as great were the pieces in the “One Thousand Nights & One Night” collection, specifically, the sapphire silk organza evening shirt, which had a gold-foiled decal on the back reminiscent of Madonna’s pyramid jean jacket from the movie Desperately Seeking Susan. Other luxurious details included draped gold chains, hand top stitching, and sparkly crystal embellishments. The last “model” scheduled to walk the runway in the jewel-encrusted sapphire imperial coat and gown had an unusually regal stride – why? The last model was none other than actress Kirstie Alley, and she looked fabulous. It didn’t appear as if she’s been enjoying much cake as of late; rumor has it she was rocking a size four. I didn’t recognize Kirstie at first; maybe if I were following her on Twitter I would have had a heads up about her appearance. Ms. Alley wrote:

“Waaaa Hooooo!!! Kitty is ready to walk the Cat!!! False Bravado will guide me…Let’s have some fun @ZANGTOI!!!”

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