Designer Zang Toi’s Fall 2013 brought the opulence of Imperial Russia to the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. Toi was inspired by a recent trip to Saint Petersburg where he was fascinated by the Peterhof Palace’s Grand Ballroom.

Toi’s runway look exuded luxury and class. His models wore Zang Toi Precious Jewels by Amee Philips, inspired by the Faberge egg, made from 18K gold, amethyst and emerald. The jewelry brought a hint of seduction and glamour.

The show was breathtaking and three outfits in particular that I remember the most ripped sighs from the audience.The glamorous opulent black velvet coat with gold trim, an Emerald & Sapphire hammered silk satin dramatic dress & coat and another classic long gown with an open back and long train also in emerald green.

The choice of music was phenomenal and between one and another click, really moved me.

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In the first row, many celebrities like the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Also in the audience, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, fashion bloggers, participants of Dancing With the Stars, among other names.

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Ramona Singer and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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 Julie Macklowe

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy, designer Zang Toi, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Michael Kenneth Williams backstage at the Zang Toi Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center.