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I really didn’t feel up for going out to fashion week this season. As many of you know, I lost my dad a few weeks ago so haven’t been much in the mood for socializing. BUT I have to say going to a fashion show can easily distract you. I spent my Sunday going to some of the best fashion shows – all in ONE day and now I am posting it all in ONE blog.  So here you have it…a glimpse of the Fall 2011 Collections of Max Azria, Diane von Furstenberg, & one of my favorite designers, Zang Toi.

It’s nice to have friends in fashion. Thank’s Niki Cheng for dragging me out!  Yes THE Niki Cheng that you see in the BoConcept commercials on tv and in the NYC cabs.

MAX AZRIA RUNWAY SHOW FALL 2011 COLLECTION:

Billy Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray Joel (not the lady with the crazy hat and lipstick bleeding who I always see at fashion shows. I know she is an editor but don't know her name)

This is right up my alley. If you know me, you know how much I love animal prints. Crocodile pants rock!

I loved this look so much that I shot front & back.

Back View. Would never think to wear it like this.

I like the pony tail swinging in the background.

Red and white dresses really popped.

Max & Luba Azria

DVF RUNWAY SHOW FALL 2011 COLLECTION:

Actress, Maggie Q of "Nikita".

Black widow

Bella Blue

Glam Green

RED HAUTE!

The Princess of "Wrap Dresses".

BACKSTAGE WITH ZANG TOI/ FASHION SHOW FALL 2011 COLLECTION:

"Real Housewives of NYC's", Jill Zarin getting make-up done by Amazing Cosmetics for the Zang Toi Fashion Show.

Zang's team is so dedicated and incredible. Up to the very last minute working on Jill Zarin's dress.

"The Quest for "It"s, Tia Walker interviewing designer, Zang Toi backstage.

Jill Zarin checking out the dress she will be wearing during the finale of Zang Toi's Fall 2011 Runway Show. BTW - This dress ain't cheap! Costs a pretty penny. I will mention again, a lot of love & labor went into this dress.

Zang Toi & Jill Zarin during dress rehearsal.

Zang Toi with "Top Chef Masters", Kelly Choi. Kelly looking stunning in Zang's emerald and black dress.

Jewelry designer, Wendy Brandes in a breathtaking Zang Toi gown. Great combination of cowboy hat with gown. I would never in a million years think to do that.

Ramona Singer & daughter Avery came out to support fellow Real Housewife of NYC, Jill Zarin.

Ok so now on to some dazzling designs by Zang Toi.  Only a few.

Zang Toi Runway Show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Please disregard the bald security guard in photo. He really ruined my view.

He has some of the most magnificent pieces.

Model, Ling Tan wearing something I wish I could pull off. I love the color emerald. If only I was 6 feet tall and invited to some spectacular charity ball.

Now for the grand finale - Jill Zarin walking the runway wearing a $30,000 gown by Zang Toi.

A kiss to the crowd.

Jill Zarin and Zang Toi waltzing & waving to crowd.

Ever wonder what designers do the night before their fashion show?  Ok, besides putting the last minute touches on their collection.  Well, naturally designer, Zang Toi does that but he adds a lot more fun to the mix.  Let me take you behind-the-scenes of  his “Fashion Show Eve”.

He gathers his team and friends together and eats “Good Luck Chicken”.  Sounds really yummy huh? And you probably want his Malaysian Fried Chicken recipe as well.   Alright, I asked Zang and he said it was fine to divulge to my friends.  I like to keep it very authentic on my blog.  So brace yourself for all the work and ingredients involved with this superb recipe.

ZANG TOI”S FRIED CHICKEN RECIPE:

He basically just orders buckets of KFC! Accompanied by mashed potatoes, corn, and those delish biscuits.

Therefore, we help out by eating chicken.

Don’t mind if I do.

And we eat more finger-licking good chicken.

Zang has to eat too! Notice his glass. He doesn’t miss a trick.

By now I’m sure you’re sick at looking at KFC.  So let’s get back to what goes on the night before a fashion show.

Well at Zang’s studio, beautiful women like The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s, Cynthia Bailey just happen to drop by to say hi.

BTW, she is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S in person.  I wish I could rock a hat like hers. Looking good Cynthia.

There are also birthday and staff anniversary celebrations with pretty white cakes of course.

We make BIG pots of Tea

We get inspiration from our forefathers.

And finally add the finishing touches to the designs.

Stay tuned for pics of from his fashion show with Real Housewife NYC, Jill Zarin.  To be continued.