To some, midnight is the finest form of elegance.
Especially due to its timelessness and a touch of moonlight.
Elegance, velvet black and regal blue royalty were the themes of a midnight dipped collection by Zang Toi at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), where amidst futuristic and political and metallica themed attires, his homage to his signature simple shapes and refined styles remained consistent with former seasons.
As per his legacy, the first half of his show was a more formal take on evening wear, with almost every model moulded in black, navy blue and midnight colors.
From indigo jumpsuits with loose fitting black leather vests to black leather trousers with turtleneck cashmere sweaters, it was a contemporary working woman’s wardrobe to both mint money and sway with a cocktail in. There was some multi-purpose outerwear and tailored jackets in velvets, over pants that varied from slimming to wide leg. A black fur vest and a blazer-dress of sorts took things in a more sultry direction, and were all precisely tailored for flattery.
The injection of electric blue as shirts below suits or as short dresses below long jackets was another signature take, embossed with his logo. The chic styles worked well with several models sporting blue tassels as pendants which was a balance of whimsy to the otherwise classy collection.
With the introduction of white, like moonlight in the midnight, things moved into a more nightly direction. New to his color palette were high neck crisp white cotton Gibson shirts paired with formal trousers or slender skirts. One fur white tunic and one puff sleeved shirt elevated the drama quotient and spoke of haute couture and elegant refinement, especially a simple cream dress worn under a shawl-like white fur cloak. Pearls made their re-entry from the 20s, looking as elegant with a white collared shirt as they did when sprinkled on sleeves of dresses or across a bustier, almost lending a modern bridal look to the collection. As jewels of the neck, they elevated the classy attires, even when replaced with sapphire colored chokers to contrast the white shirts.
The final set of gowns were more in line with his classic styles, with trailing dresses in velvet black, backless contemporary cut indigo and black slimming gowns, and furry oversized outerwear with midnight silk lining that added enigmatic grace to the gown. A bejeweled backless midnight sapphire gown was a luscious contrast to the silk ballgown coats with fitted black mini dresses beneath, or simply all over silk gowns with bejeweled waist details.
The one male model sported two variations of a black and charcoal suit, paired with notch collar shirts and silken ties with tiepins, respectively, adding the princely charm to the flurry of damsels that evoked sophisticated glamor.
Almost expecting to see chandeliers and ballrooms emerge from the walls, the show ended and reminding onlookers that inspiration can still come from a consistency in craft and an homage to timeless elegance.