The House of Toi delivers you to a world of ultimate glamour. Welcome to Shanghai in the 1930's through the eyes of fashion designer, Zang Toi. Meet Peony Princess (brilliant jade), Shanghainese Songstress, (opium) and Art Deco Goddess (onyx). Three new custom nail colors crafted by the color experts at Zoya exclusively for The House of Toi [text taken from the promo image seen in photo above].
All pictures were taken by me.
I spoke with Zoya's color expert Rebecca Isa about the two nail looks created for Zang Toi. To create the half moon mani, Isa recommends starting with a base coat and painting one coat of green, then adding the black half moon, then adding a second coat of green.
About that green! Peony Princess is a brand new nail polish designed specifically for Zang Toi's AW 14 collection. With swatches of fabric in hand, for months Isa & the Zoya team worked with the designer to create a brilliant glowing green full of life. Ten versions later, Peony Princess emerged. The same brilliant green color was seen in Zang Toi's collection - check out pictures from the runway show here. While Peony Princess isn't available to purchase at this time, Isa confidently said "you will be seeing this green again!"
The second look is large black hex glitter - 0.6mm, to be exact - on black nail polish. The glitter is larger than typically used in nail art "because Zang really wanted to make a statement".
"When you see the girls coming down the runway with this, it is going to be dynamic."
Isa said the trick is to do two coats of black polish and then sprinkle the glitter right on top of it. And no top coat! Isa advised that top coat will actually melt the glitter and create a globby mess.
Here's a closer look at the polishes: Peony Princess is on the left and Art Deco Goddess is on the right. Shanghainese Songstress (the burgundy) wasn't worn on the runway but was included in the gift bag. Burgundy fabric was seen in the collection and this polish was a great pick to complete the trio. Art Deco Goddess and Shanghainese Songstress are existing Zoya colors (my guess: Raven and Blair).
More pictures after the break...
Bonus hair picture!