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Eric Javits Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

We’ve always loved the idea of lavish hats. We secretly one to be like those women who strolls into a room looking incredibly chic in a fabulous hat (yes we basically want to be Dynasty character) but alas, we were cursed with a big head some of the thickest hair known to man (cursed/blessed?), so we’ve simply ogled hats from afar which fuels our obsession whenever we see spectacular hats. You can imagine how we felt walking into the Spring/Summer 2016 preview for Eric Javits‘s distinctive hats and handbags.

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We fell hard for one particular hat, a beautiful, stark white Floppy Sun Hat with a dramatic brim, that we spotted at the Zang Toi’s Spring 2016 runway show at NYFW the Shows. A perfect compliment to his “Splendor of Santorini” collection. Besides this being a beautiful hat, it’s also quite beneficial as Eric Javits’s hats block 95% UVA/UVB rays. That’s more time outdoors for us and protection for our skin.

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If you also noticed that gorgeous bag in the above photo, it’s a favorite as well. Eric Javits’s bags are not only stunning, they are lightweight, durable, and come interiors boasting fun prints. We adore the shape, the metallic tones, and the frayed edge details. Of course, that’s not the only bag we adored. Details played a very important role in falling for the beauty below, specifically, the seahorse zipper pull. Love its combination of chic and whimsy.

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There were so much from the collection to fall in love with. Check out a few more of our favorites below, including spring/summer essential – visors

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What do you think of the Eric Javits Spring/Summer 2016 Collection?

Macadamia Professional Backstage at Zang Toi Spring 2016 Collection

To compliment Zang Toi’s Greek Isles-inspired Spring/Summer 2016 “Splendor of Santorini” collection at NYFW the Shows, Eiji Yamane, Lead Stylist for Macadamia Professional, created a “Straight and Narrow” hairstyle which boasted a distinct center part and long, sleek, shiny locks that swayed gently as the models walked the runway.

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To create this polished look, Eiji Yamane and his team of stylists performed the following steps using five Macadamia professional hair products: Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion ($24.00), Macadamia Professional Boar Bristle Paddle Brush ($35.00), Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Spray ($31.95), Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist ($31.95), and Macadamia Professional Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray ($25.00), all of which can be purchased via www.MacadamiaHair.com, and www.Ulta.com.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Slightly dampen hair with water and create a center part all the way to the highest point of the head and evenly distribute Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion through the roots to the ends.

2. Take back large sections and blow dry with a diffuser and the Macadamia Professional Boar Bristle Paddle Brush.

3. In one inch sections, run a flat iron to straighten all hair and then apply Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Spray to create a sleek, lustrous effect.

4. To add fullness and length, clip on extensions starting just behind the top of one ear, moving across the back of the head until you reach the same spot behind the other ear.

5. Once extensions are in place, gather large sections and run a straightener through one last time to blend the real hair and extensions together.

6. Spray Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist to boost shine and finish with a touch of the Macadamia Professional Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray to tame flyaways and provide light hold.

Check out some more behind-the-scenes, backstage beauty from the Zang Toi Spring 2016 Collection

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Zang Toi Fall 2014 Collection

I’ve always loved Zang Toi’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Shows because the clothes are very “old Hollywood,” in that they conjure up thoughts of the type of clothing high society women would wear and the Fall/Winter 2014 runway collection entitled Shanghai 1930’s “Paris Of The Orient” did not fail to do just that.

A collection sprinkled with beautiful furs, velvet fabrics and ornate patterns was a wintry delight for the eye. The color palette of gray, green, black and burgundy provided a very austere, but beautifully rich feel. Seeing is better than telling so I encourage you to see the final walk below.

***Thanks to our Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for covering the Zang Toi Fall 2014 Collection Show for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

René Furterer Backstage at Zang Toi Spring 2014 Collection

At Zang Toi’s Spring 2014 Collection show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, models walked down the runway with their typical shoulder length and long hair replaced by “The Ballet Babe Chignon” by Eiji Yamane and Rene Furterer. With a stirring opening performance by his muse, American Ballet Theater sensation Cory Stearns, visionary designer Zang Toi sent his models down the runway in his enchanting dance-inspired collection, Ballet Babe. The close collaboration between Zang Toi and hairstylist extraordinaire Eiji Yamane of Eiji Salon resulted in the modern take on the classic and sophisticated ballerina chignon.

The designer noted “Usually ballet hair is very strict and pulled back. I wanted something more unexpected, asymmetrical romantic waves on the side and a low chignon that was a bit over-sized for more drama so that it doesn’t get lost on the runway. With glowy skin and a little blush on the cheek, I wanted a fresh interpretation of ballet hair that’s beautiful and elegant.”

Using René Furterer products, Eiji relied on the versatility of Zang’s collection to give his chignons a romantic yet utterly modern elegance. Starting with a clean center part, he mists hair with water before blowing it out. For body and hold, he used René Furterer VEGETAL SCULPTING GEL while blow-drying hair with a Mason Pearson brush to give it a smooth finish.

Leaving hair on the sides free, he gathered the rest of the hair behind the ears and made a low ponytail, spraying hair with René Furterer VEGETAL FINISHING SPRAY. Securing the ponytail with hair tie, Eiji took a section of the ponytail, wrapped it from left to right around the base of the ponytail to hide the hair tie, tucking in a few hair pins for extra hold.

For those sultry finger waves, he took sections of the loose hair from each side of the middle part, sprayed them section with René Furterer Lissea Thermal Protecting Smoothing Spray to protect against heat. Using a medium-barrel curling iron, he rolled each section toward the head, combed through the curl and then crimped it with the curling iron at half-inch intervals to give it more bend. After curling, combing and crimping the sections on each side, the hair was gathered and brought behind the ear, taking care to cover the ears and shaping the section in a classic finger wave pattern securing them with several clips. This section was finished by misting the sides with René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray to set the waves.

To create the chignon, Eiji sprayed the ponytail with René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray, brushed through the length of the hair with a Mason Pearson brush, made a big loop and rolled it toward the base of the ponytail so that the finished chignon sits on the nape of the neck.  He advised that is hair needs a smoother finish, just go over it with a flat iron. A final spray of René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray gives the chignon more staying power without leaving it stiff or sticky, Lastly, the waves are unclipped and models are ready for the runway.

Zang Toi Spring 2013 Collection

When I think of Zang Toi and showcasing his collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I actually think of an opera, which makes Lincoln Center the perfect location to present his fashions. This season was no different; the maestro, Zang Toi took us on a journey filled with crescendos, Grandioso and a medley of harmonious looks in soft, melodious colors (especially surprising were the pastels, which we haven’t seen from Zang). Inspired by his first-ever muse, Julie Macklowe, Zang Toi featured looks that highlighted the different personalities that every woman possesses in her arsenal – sensual bedroom bunny, office vamp, powerful career woman, quintessential lady and the pretty princess

There were so many looks and details I fell in love with at the Zang Toi Spring 2013 Collection, one in particular were the gorgeous details and embellishments on the back of his looks – bountiful flowers, delicate pearls and lots of sparkle

Of course his most dramatic looks were his gowns. I confessed it’s one aspect of his fashion shows that i really look forward to (I’ve been in love ever his the first show of his I attended when he was inspired by the African continent). Are you a fan of pastel gowns, Zang has options for you. Or maybe you prefer something a bit darker and edgier – his specialty

I can’t wait to see what Zang Toi brings us next season

Zang Toi Fall 2012 Collection

There are a few shows I always try to attend because I know I’ll be seeing the theatrical aspect, showmanship and opulence of fashion and Zang Toi is at the top of that list. For Fall 2012, Zang Toi’s inspiration comes from the “Glamour at Gstaad”, a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland known for one of the best and most exclusive ski resorts. This inspiration was instantly brought to mind as the first models walked out in gorgeous ivory fur


The opulence continued on look after look. Featuring gorgeous coats, jackets, cocktail dresses, trousers and gowns in wool crepe, wool boucle, wool cashmere, angora, silk organza, silk velvet, silk gazar, the crowd was beyond wowed at his collection. The beauty was not only the silhouettes but the details as well – exquisite beading, piping, top-stitching and crystal trims were seen on gowns, jackets, etc. It was no surprise that Zang Toi received a standing ovation.

Zang Toi 2011 Fall/Winter Collection

My absolute favorite show of this season, Zang Toi completely wowed his show’s audience and received a very much deserved standing ovation. Zang Toi opened his show with an absolutely breathtaking baby Camel hair Floor Length Trench Cape with a Fox collar – this garment literally had the audience gasping. It was only the beginning of an amazing collection.

Many didn’t respond to Zang Toi’s collection last season but he certainly captured hearts this season. This collection called “Timeless beauties” embodied elegance, luxurious fabrics in classic shades of camel (as seen above), charcoal, black, nude with touches of emerald. A collection that is both stylish and sophisticated.

 
 

He started the show with what you’d consider more day wear – suits, separates and sheath dresses and blew us away with gowns.These gowns were nothing short of regal, their beauty left you speechless. You couldn’t help but whisper the word “WOW” with each gorgeous gown – the exquisite attention to detail, the luxe embellishments, the opulence.

He even had a few surprises in his collection, first was he showed menswear. One male model broke up continuous gorgeous women’s looks but his excellent detail didn’t miss a step in his menswear.

The other surprise was his finale gown, well, more the model – Real Housewives of New York’s Jill Zarin looked beautiful in her opera gown and you could see from her glow that she felt beautiful as well. How can she not be when wearing this gorgeous Black Silk ballgown with nude beaded French Lace encrusted with crystals.

Enjoy the show’s finale video below