NYFW S/S 2016: The Splendor of Zang Toi


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Breathtaking, colorful, awe-inspiring. These words describe Santorini, the Greek island inspiration for Zang Toi’s collection, as well as the pieces in the collection. Every detail from the hair, makeup to the clothing, was flawless in Zang Toi’s spring collection runway show. The magic began backstage where the designer himself flitted from room to room, tending to every detail while impeccable in his own unique white outfit.

“It’s the most beautiful island of Greece,” said Zang Toi of the inspiration for his collection. His own outfit, a white t-shirt with silver lettering, “Splendor of Santorini,” said it all, along with his short white, side pleated skort. Only Zang Toi could pull this look off so effortlessly.

Photo by Susan Romero

The hair and makeup were similarly effortless to complement the blues, greens, metallics and whites of the collection. Using Macadamia Professional products, Lead Stylist, Eiji Yamane created the “Straight and Narrow” hairstyle with a center part and long, shiny hair. To create the look, Yamane slightly dampened the model’s hair with water and created a center part up to the highest point of the head. He applied Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion from the roots to the ends. He then took large sections of hair and blow-dried them with a diffuser and the Macadamia Professional Boar Bristle Paddle Brush. He flat ironed to straighten the hair and then applied Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Spray. To add fullness and length, Yamane used clip on extensions and straightened the hair one last time to blend the real hair and extensions together. Finally, Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist and Macadamia Professional Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray were used to keep the hair sleek and straight and provide light hold.

Photo by Jennica Cam

The makeup inspiration draws on hues found on the island of Santorini. “The beauty of the look is to capture the glow on the skin,” said Lead Makeup Artist, Rudy Miles of BeautybyRudy. “The eye is like the sand, a kind of peachy color, and the liner is a blue,” said Miles. Using makeup by Ubati New York, Miles and his team first applied Pore Minimizing Face Primer to create smooth skin without oiliness. Pure Radiance Liquid Foundation and Defining Foundation Stick were applied and layered if more coverage was needed. Foundation was set with light powder using Illuminating Baked Powder.

The eyes were the most dramatic, with the base of Long Lasting Eye Primer on the lids to prevent creasing. Multi-Reflective Metallic Shadow in Sandy Peach was applied to the lids and Defining Gel Eye Liner in Splendor, a deep navy blue was applied to upper and lower lash lines. True Matte Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue was added to intensify the eyeliner. Lashes were enhanced with Keratin-Infused Waterproof Mascara in Black.

Cheeks were barely colored with Bronze Baked Powder in Fiji and Illuminating Baked Powder in Satin Glow. Finally, the lips were glossed with V.I.P Gloss in Santorini, my new obsession. I am absolutely obsessed with this color. It sparkles and shines ever so lightly, and goes easily from day to night.

Photos courtesy of theimpression.com

As models were finished Zang Toi conducted rehearsal with his usual hands on style, providing counsel to the models as he studied their expressions and walks. When it was time for the show to begin, the packed house feasted their eyes on a collection that was jewel toned in blues and greens with metallic accents and washes of pure white. It was a magnificent collection with a wedding dress finale that included a suited male model and a Santorini bride in a non-traditional gown with a headdress of fresh white lilies. A standing ovation and applause completed the evening, giving well-deserved accolades to a most talented designer.

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