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Friday, February 24, 2012

My designing friend Zang Toi‘s lucky number is 13, so he schedules his runway shows for the thirteenth of the month whenever he can. Sure enough, he showed his black, white and red Gstaad-inspired collection at Lincoln Center on February 13 in the early afternoon. When this gown — which reminded me of a hanbok — came out, the audience audibly gasped. That happens a lot at Zang’s shows!

Front view.

Back view.

This gown with a cape was a big hit too.

Front view.

Back view.

A large ribbon trailing from the shoulder of this gown was dramatic.

It's hard to see where the ribbon attaches, but you can see the end on the runway.

MrB loved this décolleté dress.

I'd wear this but not in black.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to wind up with this zebra jacket with a capelet effect in the back.

I do love animal prints.

Here is the final runway walk.

Zang got a standing ovation, as usual.

I wore a years-old Zang Toi sweater-and-skirt set to the show. I’ve worn that outfit three times in the past few weeks, desperately trying to get a better picture of it than the one I took for the blog in 2009. Somehow, I still haven’t gotten a good full-length shot, but you can see the sweater in this picture of me with gorgeous blogger Vyque at the show.

I'm wearing my Boleyn necklace design.

For Zang’s late-night, post-show party at the James Hotel, I changed into the Spring 2010 Zang Toi dress that I wore for New Year’s Eve 2011(are you keeping up with all the dates?). I grabbed Zang for a quick photo.

I'm still wearing the Boleyn necklace.

Here’s the whole (slightly blurry) look.

What Wendy Wore
Jacket: Zang Toi (previously seen here)
Dress: Zang Toi (2010)
Shoes: Prada (2010)

Lately, I keep reading that women shouldn’t wear strapless or short dresses after … ahem … after a certain age that I have already passed. Well, I’m doing it anyway, so put that in your pipe and smoke it! While you’re smoking, you can take a second look at the vein-licious picture of the rings I wore that night here.

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18 Responses to “What Wendy Wore: Zang Toi’s Fall 2012 Show”

  1. Melissa says:

    Wow! Both looks are great! (the green and the red) – How do you stay in such amazing shape… have you done a post on that yet?! If so, I missed it! If not, I bet many readers would be interested in your tips!

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      Nothing special: I try to do some cardio every day, weights 2-3 times a week. There are plenty of times I’m too tired and I’m just going through the motions, but I figure it’s better to do that than sit on the couch eating Cadbury Dairy Milk (I do that AFTER the gym). I’m learning a little boxing technique lately, to try to get out of my elliptical-machine cardio rut.

  2. Datin Anna
    Twitter: chicgorgeous8
    says:

    Wendy, love your green dress!

  3. Freakin’ gorgeous, as always, Wendy! I say wear strapless whenever the hell you want! And I’m older than you… :)

  4. Emma Lilly says:

    Hell Wendy you look gorgeous! You are one awesome lady to defy fashion rules.

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      I usually feel more sheepish than awesome because it seems I stumble across some declaration about age-appropriate dressing the day after I’ve worn the proscribed style. Oops!

  5. Mary says:

    Those red dresses are the fucking bomb! Stunning. I would just once, love to wear such a frock. You look ridiculously gorgeous as per usual despite being aged and waaaay too long in the tooth to wear a short, strapless frock. LOL. Also, eye roll. Good on yer mate, keep wearing what ever the fuck you want! It becomes you.

  6. Melissa says:

    The Boleyn necklace is so pretty, looks simple but really complements your outfit. Love it!

  7. sulky kitten says:

    He is incredibly talented! You look stunning in that dress, and with your looks and figure you would look good in anything. I hate all that age crap. You never hear men being told this sort of thing! Just keep ignoring it and do your thing!

  8. Pam @over50feeling40
    Twitter: over50feeling40
    says:

    Every dress in this post including yours are beautiful! I loved the looks from the show! I have you featured in my post today! Thanks again for including us in the denim column! Have a great weekend!!

  9. Christine says:

    You look amazing in both shots!

    And please, you’re worried that women over a certain age shouldn’t wear strapless? Why? It’s a great look and perfect on you. You should see what happens here in the summer. Every guy on the street with a beer belly, large or small, young or old, wears a wife beater (hate that word!) and his belly falls out as he slugs back some beer.

    Of course, the hot guy across the street (in his 40s) never takes his top off, though I do pray for it. :D

    The fashion police should be out here banning beer belly bulge, fried blonde hair, and pink frosted lipstick.

  10. Marti says:

    My fave is the red dress with the long black ribbon
    BTW love the Toi dress you have on in the last pic
    Marti

  11. Jac
    Twitter: drtyshinyprtty
    says:

    I agree with Mr.B. I, also, love the first dress. Gorgeous!

  12. I think the green dress looks AWESOME! I am also a big fan of that zebra coat….

  13. Susan Tiner says:

    I can see why people gasp at Zang’s shows! That first dress is awesome.

    Your green dress is beautiful and I think you’ll be able to wear strapless dresses even in your eighties, no make that nineties :).

  14. Elizabeth says:

    You were made to wear Zang’s designs.

    Strapless? I saw a gown on Zang’s runway that I’d wear in an instant—after I stopped gasping over it, and I’m nearly 46. So smoke it!!!!

    I just watched the video of his show this morning, and my eyes were popping out of my head. I loved it all, but the capelet coats were my favorite.