Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2015: LIE SANGBONG, Zang Toi

The LIE SANGBONG Fall/Winter 2015 collection showcased a seemingly endless line of beautiful coats and separates. From leather to fur to shearling, the collection’s textures kept on coming as the show progressed. The mix of fabrics, along with Lie’s use of detachable and reversible collars, made each piece stand out. With their large floral prints inspired by depictions of peonies and understated yet striking deep color tones, the coats are perfect mix of elegant and alternative. The silhouettes seem simple at first glance, with defined wastes and clean lines, but once they moved down the runway you can see the layered pleats and seams that echo the large florals on some of the pieces. 




All photos from Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for LIE SANGBONG on MBFashionWeek.

Zang Toi
Damn if Zang Toi didn't send Fortuny pleated evening gowns down the runway to opera music and give me chills. This season was a stroke of brilliance for the Malyasian-born designer who has a devoted and adoring fan base and a reputation for technical chops and elegant designs. His clothes leave no one in doubt that Zang Toi knows and adores his clientele right back.



First the designer sent a group of classic separates down the runway, perfect in cut and form: beautiful sweater sets, impeccable leather skirts, and gorgeous pantsuits in shades of taupe and black. Lovely, but no chills yet. I was just beginning to think "ho-hum" when the lights dimmed and the opera music soared. Soon came the Fortuny pleats, inspired by the theme of his show "Mystique Beauty of Venice." Yes, the opera cape was show-stopping magnificent with its hand-beaded nightscape of Venice, but the beauty of Zang Toi's pleated gowns, and the perfect simplicity of the taupe and black palette (and that absolutely stunning empire waist gown) was what left the most lasting impression on me.





                                       All photos from Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Zang Toi on MBFashionWeek.

 Bravo, Zang Toi.