Remember the movie “Funny Face” where the fashion, the newly-discovered model, a high profile fashion editor and a photographer made an event like New York Fashion Week the envy of every fashionista….. well one show delivered!!!!
Luckily, I was invited to a show representing New York and America at its best. There was one show that represented the best of creativity and the American Dream. Zang Toi combined his 30th Anniversary since opening his atelier with his spring/summer 2020 collection.
Toi, a close personal friend, and loves the Jewish people and Israel, as he shares with me Stories often of his friends and clients who invite him to their family simchas and as he dresses them for gala fundraisers. Toi is not Jewish, but supports Israel. He might not have been Bar Mitzvahed, but has been to many and loves a great party. How do I know, because he is a friend and we discuss this all the time. “I have very loyal clients from Israel and the Jewish community, adding, I admire the strength of the people of Israel,” Toi told me in a recent interview. His standing room only audience included many Jewish philanthropists including Audrey Gruss and Jean Shafiroff.
Toi paid tribute to his birth country, Malaysia with delicate floral pastels and detailed embroidered patterns in a black and white group.
Toi has a standing room audience filled with socialites, reality television stars, journalists and politicians. The greatest surprise was long-time client, Patti LaBelle, sitting front row and dancing with Toi at the private celebration afterwards.
The A-List guests included, Bill Hemmer, Jeanine Pirro, Kathy Barnette, Kelly BenSimon, Ramona Singer, and members of the Trump Family, including Marla Maples, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Donald Trump, Jr.
The collection offered something for everyone; pants, shorts, lots of flowing gowns and A-line skirts. There was silk and tulle everywhere.
The closing featured close friend and supermodel, Carol Alt, in a stunning white gown that was ageless and classic Zang Toi.
It was truly a treat to participate in a beautiful show, especially when the opening of New York Fashion Week featured a video tape interview of two women wearing hijabs and discussing how much they endured and suffered to achieve their success. Fashion should be about beauty and creativity, not religious and political activism.
Cindy Grosz is a Jewish activist who promotes projects, products and awareness to everything Israel and of international Jewish concern. She represents celebrity spokespeople who speak up for and about Israel. She is also a contributor and Co-host on The Jersey Joe Show 710AM WOR, Sunday nights at 7 EST, or available anytime, anywhere through iHeart Radio.