Sunday, February 16, 2014

Zoya at NYFW: Backstage at Zang Toi A/W 2014

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

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.

In Zoya's six season working with designer Zang Toi, for AW 2014, two nail looks were seen on the models. Some of the models wore a brilliant jade green (Peony Princess - a new custom color created specifically for the show) with a black half moon and others wore a dazzling three-dimensional look created with large black glitter on black polish (Art Deco Goddess).

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.

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

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."

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

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.

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

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).

Zoya Zang Toi Peony Princess, Shainghainese Songstress, and Art Deco Goddess

What do you think of the two nail looks created by Zoya for Zang Toi this season? And what do you think of the new green nail polish?

More pictures after the break...

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

Bonus hair picture!

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

Zoya Zang Toi AW 2014

8 comments:

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    1. I wonder what collection it will be released in :)

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  2. That green looks so gorgeous! REALLY excited to see it irl. I'll most certainly be on the lookout for it in upcoming collections. It looks like it leans blue in the bottle shot, but on the promo card swatch it looks like it's got a healthy dose of yellow... Beautiful, either way, but more wearable by me if it pulls yellow :D

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    1. I'd say it leans more yellow than blue :) I'll have swatches up this week!

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  3. That green is gorgeous - hopefully Zoya will bring it back for their fall collection. The other two "exclusive shades" made me LOL; Zoya has done this for other designers as well, renaming existing shades in order to create an illusion of exclusivity. It smacks of snobbery, really - what's wrong with just admitting that you're using shades that are already out there?

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    1. I could see it fitting in with a summer collection too! As far as using different names, in this case the only bottles with alternate names were in the gift bags at the show :) I wonder if Peony Princess will be given a new name when it is released!

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  4. I love both looks but the green/black combo is very striking - I really like that! :)

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