Zang Toi took a room full of people on an Haute Roman Holiday. Inspired by a recent trip to Rome, The Zang Toi collection was filled with Red, Pink, Orange and supported by Black and Grey. Zang Toi loves lace and drama. He gave us both in his Fall 2018 collection… and with a little mink, cashmere and tulle.
The collection was filled with so many wearable pieces as well as pieces that made a statement. Long gown with capes, men’s velvet suits and mini dresses with ballgown skirts, were nods to Rome.
The collection was not only focused on garments, the accessories were just as gorgeous. The fur stoles and flower hats were contributed to the Roman Holiday theme but were also very wearable. The models sported short dark hair and even red hair. I loved the hair details because it added a sleek and elegant look to the models. Zang Toi showed his understanding of current events designing a backpack in aid of the Jed Foundation’s Suicide Prevent Campaign. The most unique accessory was the long diamond necklace on a bare back of a model in a black dress with a plunging back.
Every season Zang Toi uses his signature silhouettes and changes the accents to reflect his inspiration for the season. You will always find a kimono type jacket or sheath dress. The prints of the season were Tartan and floral.
My favorite look was the red pants and a long red jacket with a lace covered hem. I could see my Aunt wearing this look for an evening out. I also loved the black Hoisery with red gems on the back. Red Hosiery was also featured as well as
Once again Zang Toi showed us why his shows are always packed, his new boutique has been so successful and why the House of Toi is a highly sought after international design house. Zang Toi thank you for having me. I look forward to witnessing your Spring Summer Collection in September.
Naeem Khan is not only a designer. He is a feeling. An Emotion. A Pulse. From the first Naeem Khan show I attended in 2017, I realized that Naeem Khan shows are a continuous story. Every season is continued from the last by including design elements which are signature to Naeem Khan. As I sat in Spring Studios and witnessed the Naeem Khan Autumn/ Winter 2018 show during NYFW, all of my senses were heightened.
The collection displayed a new approach of evening wear by building evening wear looks using separates. Instead of the traditional gowns, Naeem Khan included jackets, tops, skirts and belts. I personally shy away from separates all together because styling them can be difficult. But the Naeem Khan collection was anchored on separates working together to create a sophisticated and vibrant look.
From detailed embroidery to the signature Naeem Khan beaded fringe to taffetta, bustiers and satin, separates were the foundation upon which these design elements were built. The theme of the "global woman" was seen in each intricate design and in the work of each person who embroidered the Naeem Khan pieces.
My favorite look was the emerald green beaded fringe straight skirt with a black jacket. With every step, each bead glistened and shimmered. And as a peek into the Louboutin world you could see the red soles peeking out from each gown. I also loved seeing hoods featured on evening gowns.
This collection is perfect for a queen, a bride-to–be or a Nubian treasure. But it will also be a favorite to celebrities and women who want more than just a jacket to wear.
Major Trends from the Naeem Khan Autumn/ Winter Show
The soundtrack for the show was magnificient. While I walked into the show, I was captivated by recording of the voice of SZA singing Broken Clocks. During the show Madonna’s Frozen took me back a few years and the deep bass hit my soul and became the perfect backdrop to the stunning clothing.
Even though we didn’t get to touch the clothes, you could feel them. Each piece was filled with texture, dimension and movement. As the models walked you could feel the weight of each piece, you could feel the thread and you could feel the bristles of the velvet. I wish I could have touched the pom-poms on this looks below. I felt like I was watching a parade in Peru. An course all of the OTK boots were highly embellished with crystals, flowers and beads.
What could I smell during a fashion show? Trust me there is a smell and it was the smell of excitement, royalty and elegance.
You could taste the emotion and could feel every step from the models who appeared to be over six feet tall with their Christian Louboutin pumps. I could also taste the fresh mint reviving me while trying not to faint because of the intense colors and fierceness of the models. Ha!
Yes this show was an experience.
Yes it was a gorgeous collection we will see on red carpets globally.
Yes this collection will be worn by women who want to wear a piece of Naeem Khan history.
Naeem Khan you did it again.
Thank you for having me at the show.
Looking forward to next season.
I wore a variety of looks all week while attending shows and presentations at NYFW. But on the last day I went to the Leanne Marshall show and was heading to a meeting with the Michael Kors team. I wanted to be comfy so I put on this look… with a strong message. Ironically, it was one of my most photographed looks during New York Fashion Week.
It is awesome how much a graphic tee can make an impact especially one with a message to end racism. When I arrived at Spring Studios, my shirt was welcomed by many people and streetstyle photographers.
Why did I pick this shirt? With all that is happening in the world and especially the world of fashion I wanted to spread a message that would resonate with everyone. Racism has got to GO! It has no place in fashion or anywhere in the world. If you are racist you need to really look in the mirror and make a change.
ESSENCE Magazine liked this look so much they featured it on their streetsyle review.
What did you think about this look? Are you ready to end racism?
New York Fashion Week was a rush. Everyday I woke up, I was ready to attend the shows and events and further enjoy my stay at The Dominick Hotel. The view from my suite was magical and inspired me everyday to go for my dreams in the city of lights.
The Dominick was the perfect home during New York Fashion Week. It was truly the highlight of my trip. Before you book any other hotel during your trip to New York, here are 5 reasons you should stay at The Dominick Hotel.
5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At The Dominick Hotel in New York
Have you ever been to SOHO? If your answer is no, book your next flight to New York, book your room at The Dominick and head to SOHO. I have been to New York many times but it was not until I started staying in SOHO have my New York getaways been on the next level.
SOHO is located in the south part of New York. It is filled to the brim with luxury stores and boutiques such a Celine, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Valentino and Fendi to name a few. There are pop-up shops, pre-owned luxury stores and most of all FOOD.
The Dominick it just a few steps from SOHO (Tribeca and West Village are also nearby.). Located on 246 Spring St. The Dominick is located on one of the major veins of SOHO. Its location is super convenient when heading on a night out for dinner, snacks or shopping. You might even spot a celebrity ( I spotted Bella Hadid) having lunch.
The Staff Are Like Family
I stayed at The Dominick for four days and after the first couple of hours I felt like the staff had become my fam. They knew my name and were willing to answer any questions I had about getting around the city, finding the nearest bank or where to grab a bagel.
One of the unforgettable moments at The Dominick was walking into my room and seeing a rolling rack. They had one ready for me. How did they know I would need one. Ha! I was able to fill the closets as well as my rolling rack with all of my fashion pieces for New York Fashion Week. This helped me stay organized and made me feel even more at home.
The staff at The Dominick accomodated my every request, checked on me from time to time and made sure I was comfortable. This made a major impression on me. The Dominick is not just a hotel, it is home.
What other hotel in Mahattan do you know with a pool?
The Dominick is one of the few hotels in New York with a pool. The pool should be the first reason to book your next stay at The Dominick. Ha! The 6000 square foot pool on the terrace is available in the warmer months and it is definitely worth taking a trip to New York just to experience it.
There are so many amenities at The Dominick but my favorite amentity is the house car. The Dominick has a SUV that will take you anywhere within a 2 mile radius from the hotel. So you can arrive in style to your next meeting in trendy Soho.
The two story penthouse suites are perfect for your next event or for your wedding party. Along with beautiful views, there is so much space to really enjoy The Dominick and create memories with your family and friends.
The gym has all the equipment you need to get in a serious workout. I love working out and the gym at The Dominick gets me pumped every time. It has treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and my fav bozu balls. Get your sweat on.
Luxury is Everywhere
F is for Fendi and The Dominick is full of Fendi. All of their furniture and overall decor was designed by Fendi Casa. The furniture had all of the signature Fendi elements from pony hair to pebble colored velvet, the furniture felt like art.
Luxury is even in the food. With a farm-to-table menu at the Spring & Varick Restaurant, you can eat guilt-free with seasonal ingredients. With 24 hour in room dining, the menu is extensive with healthy, gluten free and vegetarian meals.
The Spa is Exquisite
The spa at The Dominick isn’t a small room in the basement of the hotel. The spa is a relaxing oasis with a list of services. The spa is one of the few facilites in New York to offer Hamman treatments, couples massage, manicures and pedicures and private suites. It also has lounge rooms, soaker tubs and an array of beauty collections to use during your treatment.
There is even a Fendi hairstyling chair. So luxe.
I gave you 5 reasons but there are many more. You have to stay at The Dominick Hotel yourself. Trust me, you will be impressed. The Dominick Hotel exceeded my expectations and went above and beyond to make my stay during a busy fashion week memorable.
Thank you to The Dominick Hotel for having me and I will be back.
Who: The Naeem Khan Collection and I…
What: Today was the show of one of my favorite designers, Naeem Khan. The collection was stunning. It is always an experience to see the Naeem Khan collection walk down the runway.
Most Memorable Moment: My most memorable moment was attending the Naeem Khan Show. The beaded fringe looks were classic Naeem Khan. I also enjoyed the Zang Toi show, another designer I love and adore. Wow. The collection was so intricate and so wearable.
The Fashion Of the Day: Orange is literally the new black. I wore a monochromatic orange look to the Naeem Khan Show.nMy Orange DVF Faux fur coat was a hit! Everyone loved it. Head to my Instagram to check it out. Total show stopper.
What is up for Tomorrow: Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I am so excited. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite celebrations because it is all about love and... chocolate.
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