Lie Sang Bong
True to her brand, Betsey Johnson’s collection was as fun, sexy, and entertaining as ever, and appropriately, this flashy spectacle was broadcast live in Times Square. Inspired by the 1970’s and 80’s disco era, there was no shortage of neon, mini dresses, knee high socks, and platform heels. Brightly colored lace cat suits were layered with equally bright sheer dresses and cardigans. There was a strong push for accessories, from bold chain necklaces to large rings in the shape of rats. But beneath the over-the-top styling can be found great separates, from faux fur jackets, sequin party dresses, animal print bags, and knit caps.
Equally powerful and feminine, Zang Toi opened his Fall 2014 collection with masterful grey trouser suits and dresses. Beautifully tailored and accessorized with mysterious fedoras, leather gloves, and fur stoles, Toi evoked Shanghai in the 1930’s. If I could take away any piece from the collection, it would be the flawless wool tweed cape, perfectly styled with the fedora and garter-like stockings. Bright jade and opium tones lit up the runway, while a mohair jade coat over a zip up sweater and an opium silk brocade jacket with fur trim and matching pants beautifully intertwined the oriental influence of Shanghai with modern cuts and trends. Zang's evening gowns are as glamorous as ever, this season in jade and black satin and fur, and encrusted with elaborate crystal collars.