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New York Fashion Week backstage and runway recap: Zhang Toi SP14

Zhang Toi's Spring 2014 Ballet Babe Collection filled The Stage at Lincoln Center with the kind of classic extravagance that fashion lovers have come to take for granted from the House of Toi.

Backstage at Zhang Toi Ballet Babe Collection MBFW SP2014. Key Hair Stylist Eiji Yamane for René Furterer.
Backstage at Zhang Toi Ballet Babe Collection MBFW SP2014. Key Hair Stylist Eiji Yamane for René Furterer.
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Zhang Toi strolls down the runway during the finale at his SP14 Ballet Babe Collection.
Adam Hanson for Candifiend Studio

Inspired by the effortless elegance of the Prima ballerina, Toi had his muse, Cory Sterns from American Ballet Theater, open the show, beckoning the models to follow in suit: gliding, and in some cases, twirling down the runway in Toi's dance inspired designs.

In a chic updo befitting of a ballerina, hair was styled into neat buns with finger waved tendrils cascading off the sides. Key-stylist Eiji Yamane set the base for the Ballet Babe Chignon with a blow-out using René Furterer Vegetal Sculpting Gel. Leaving strands on either side of the head loose, Yamane gathered the center section into a think, low pony tail, looping it under and securing it at the nape of the neck. To enhance the volume, Yamana uses a rat-tail comb to finesse the main part of the updo. Then he created finger waves with the loose hair by curling and then crimping the sections with a medium barrel curing iron. Carefully coating each section with René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray and pining the waves into place to set.

The Prima ballerina wears minimal makeup, as she never has much time to spend away from her craft. Key artist Rudy Miles's Ballet Babe beauty look was comprised of classic shapes but with a little twist of playfulness: a smoked rimmed eye with a shock of blue frost accompanied a full, pouty nude lip.

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