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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My designing friend Zang Toi (pronounced “Toy”) presented his Fall 2014 collection at the tents at Lincoln Center last Wednesday. Zang is often inspired by places and eras, and this season’s inspiration was 1930s Shanghai, aka the “Paris of the Orient.”

Highlights included the sleek trouser suits Zang does so well …


… brocade …


… and brilliant jade green.


You’ll see from this video of the final walk-through and Zang’s bow that he’s still committed to a diverse runway. He’s been ahead of many other designers in that. (He’s taken the lead in hiring some major supermodels-to-be, too.) You’ll also see that a couple of slinky gowns posed major modeling challenges.  Calling Miss J! Look for a blonde, the fourth in the lineup, with a rueful smile on her face. She is holding her train up, after having quite a lot of trouble getting down the runway her first time out. Another blonde, who is number 11, looked like she might not make it this time. Check her out both heading down and returning, especially when she first comes into the frame on her way back. A saying goes, “There’s no atheists in foxholes,” but there may not be any in the front row of fashion shows either, because, honeys, I was praying for this girl!

The gorgeous woman wearing a jade green wig like it’s no big thing is one of my faves, Georgie Badiel. If you haven’t seen her werq-ing a pale blue gown in 2013, you must look now.

I was true to my word in a December post and wore a newly acquired jacket from Zang’s Spring 2013 Bouquet D’Amour collection.  In that post, I declared I wouldn’t wear it as a minidress with faux-garter tights, as it was shown on the runway.


From Zang’s Spring 2013 collection.

Gorgeous blogger Sheila of Ephemera commented, “You should totally go with the garter belt tights. Screw what anyone thinks! You taught me that, Ms. B.” Sheila was right! What was I thinking? It’s a fashion show, not a board meeting. I can wear whatever the hell I want. I decided I did want garter-belt tights, and I was pleased because Zang used tights with a thigh-high look again in this show. In addition, I wanted blue lipstick.

zangjacketfrontresizeWhat Wendy Wore
Jacket: Zang Toi (purchased December 2013)
Top: Camisole from Bare Necessities
Shorts (hidden): JC de Castelbajac (2013)
Tights: Pretty Polly
Shoes: Lagerfeld (1994 — that’s not a typo)
Bag: Saint Laurent (2013)
Lipstick: Doll by Ka’Oir
Jewelry: My own designs

The back of the jacket is what makes it special.


I LOL’d when I realized MrB and I were wearing matching pinstripes. You can hardly tell where one of us ends and the other begins!


With Zang and MrB at Zang’s after-party.

I am madly in love with my blue Ka-Oir lipstick, especially because it goes so well with my blue-topaz Nuit rings.


Makeup by Tennille Nielsen.

Expect to see a lot of that lipstick — not at board meetings, though!


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20 Responses to “What Wendy Wore: Zang Toi’s Fall 2014 Show”

  1. love that badass lipstick! And the tights too – Sheila knows all about tights and these are perfection. xo

  2. déjà pseu says:

    That’s such a fabulous jacket!! Glad to head no “fashion roadkill” occurred during Zang’s show. 😉

  3. Suzanne says:

    Wow! What an outfit lady! You look amazing!

    That show looked amazing. The brocade dress is gorgeous.


  4. HelOnWheels says:

    You look phenomenal! Seriously, brava.

    I would kill people for that jade coat. Has there been a major fashion roadkill moment since Naomi Campbell at Viv Westwood? That is the only one that stands out in my mind. And not surprisingly; those shoes were impossible!

  5. I love the garter tights!! Totally takes this fab jacket from “boardroom appropriate” to “fashion event goddess” (and hopefully some drinks a little later, as well?!) And the blue lipstick is gutsy…certainly the perfect match-up with your topaz rings!!

  6. drollgirl says:

    so many gorgeous ensembles! the green and black is my favorite!

    and i prefer you with luscious RED lips, but that is just me. i am the one that always has pink lips and pink polish. i must be behind the times!

  7. Yay you! I’m a real fan of tux-as-minidress, having worn one to my 1991 wedding (black, no pinstripe). The garter tights are v.e.r.y. flattering.

  8. Ah! You are smokin’ (as I knew you would be!) in that gorgeous tux-dress, Wendy! Love the tights with it. I used to have a black satin jacket/dress like that in the late 80s and always felt like a million bucks in it – I hope you did too! Ab fab, and love the blue lippy on you. I drool over those Nuit rings, you know…

  9. VeVe says:

    Wendy rocked it!