NEW YORK -- No one does drop-dead-gorgeous glamour quite like Malaysian designer Zang Toi. (It's the only fashion show I've ever been to that each season people clap for the clothes during the show.)
For his fall/winter 2014 collection, Mr. Toi was inspired by Shanghai 1930s and translated the theme into sexy-yet-sophisticated gray executive-style suits for women and glorious black and emerald gowns encrusted with crystals, plus a few things for men.
Experts from Zoya nail polish, Rene Furterer hair products and Dea Terra Italia, a new skincare line yet to hit the market in the U.S., helped bring the look together.
Zoya created a trio of custom colors based on fabric swatches from Mr. Toi's collection. They included Peony Princess (brilliant jade), Shanghainese Songstress (opium) and Art Deco Goddess (onyx). Nail technicians created two manicure looks for the show: a two-toned style featuring a half moon in Art Deco Goddess at the base of the nail and Peony Princess at the top and all-onyx nails with a sprinkling of .6 millimeter hex sequins.
The hairstyle channeled the drama and air of danger of Shanghai in the '30s, said celebrity hairstylist Eiji Yamane (pictured below). Models' hair was pulled back into a chignon, and Mr. Yamane clipped in pre-set hair pieces to add some wave to the look. Rene Furterer's Vegetal Styling Wax was used to control hair and give the wave extra shine. A spritz of Glossing Spray provided even more sheen, and the style was set with Rene Furterer's Vegetal Finishing Spray.
To give models' faces a porcelain glow, their skin was prepped with a facial using yet-to-be-released domestically products from Dea Terra Italia. Ingredients are harvested from plants and fruits across Italy, beginning with the white truffle of Alba. Products are free from parabens, mineral oils and petrolates and relax and refresh skin.
The facials allowed models' makeup to be applied more smoothly and rejuvenated their skin after days of wearing heavy makeup for fashion shows.