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Thursday, March 5, 2009

As a proud New Yorker, I must, must, MUST have this cityscape cape by my wonderful designer friend Zang Toi.



I’m sure I’ve had these images on my computer since Zang presented this piece last September, but I searched them out after Zang mentioned the cape over dinner at his insanely beautiful apartment last weekend. (He made all the delicious Malaysian food himself, including dessert.) I thought, “That cape sounds like me. Why don’t I have it?” Now that I’ve found the photos, I know that this piece is necessary to my future happiness. Zang and I are going to have to work something out. Maybe I can wash the dishes after his next dinner party.

After dinner, MrB and I took a picture in front of one of Zang’s two matching paintings of Marie Antoinette.

Guess what designer I’m wearing?

Zang was wearing one of his trademark mini-kilts that night, so I wanted to get a picture with him, but our photographer (ahem, MrB!) wasn’t up to snuff. I didn’t even attempt to do justice to Zang’s apartment. The professionals have already been there. Check out the apartment — done entirely in black, white, gray and silver — in Elle Decor here. As a bonus, Elle has a picture of Zang in a mini-kilt. Don’t you just want to eat him up with a spoon?

UPDATED TO ADD: A better photographer would have taken great food-porn photos of Zang’s dinner. Alas, I have nothing to show you. But I will answer gorgeous blogger Bex‘s question about what we ate: Homemade spring rolls, followed by curried chicken with quail eggs (LOTS of little eggs, all hard-boiled and peeled), then shrimp and string beans in chili paste (the paste was made by Zang’s sister in Malaysia) over rice. Dessert was a coconut and chocolate custard, with silver-coated Jordan almonds to nibble after.

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42 Responses to “Wearing My Heart on My Cape”

  1. Bex says:

    Oh that cape is amazing!!!

    And the apartment is gorgeous!!!

    What did he make for dinner????

  2. Lynette says:

    Yep, that cape’s you, for sure, WendyB. And Zang’s adorable. What a spread in honor of his amazing abode! You two look wonderful with Marie in the background. Did Zang serve cake? (I know there’s controversy over who actually said what, but I’m trying to be clever here.)

  3. Sharon Rose says:

    Hi there-wow, the cape is stunning and is a must have for you!! Dinner sounded like such a fabulous time, lucky you!!

  4. MelO says:

    OMG!! HOW FUN!!!!! That cape IS AMAZING!!! You totally have to have it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And the apartment looks amazing, too!!

  5. jennine says:

    capes rule!
    i had a cape once, and i couldnt resist wearing it with a bathing suit and tights.
    hopefully you’ll have more control.

  6. Ladies Who Lunch says:

    Amazing. I want that cape for you too!

  7. Ashe Mischief says:

    You & Mr. B= adorable.
    He = precious.
    His apartment = AMAAAAZING.
    Mini Kilt = Makes me happy.


  8. Paul Pincus says:

    now that’s amazing!!!

    off to check out his apartment!

  9. enc says:

    Zang is definitely adorable. As are you and Mr.B in the above photo!

    I’d love to see you in that cape. I bet you could coerce Zang into loaning it to you at least . . . if you break out your secret weapon: The Pinch!

  10. Nina (femme rationale) says:

    that is one amazing cape! i could def. see you wearing it. and his apt. is to die for. i love everything!

  11. Deirdre says:

    Oh I can’t say it!

    Yes I can.

    Zang is cute as a button and looks exactly like Edna E Mode from The Incredibles.

    Am I bad?


    Zang's such a talent!…did you try his Satay & peanut sauce…the Malay version/recipe is so YUM! Anywhooo, NYC is always full of fabulous people(including U dear!)

  13. jayne says:

    you would totally rock that cape, cannot wait!

  14. Sal says:

    Oh yes, that cape is destined to be yours.

  15. Alicia/InstantVintage says:

    DAMN! I love his place. I love that cape.

    You definitely need to wash dishes if it nets you a cape.

  16. pretty face says:

    What a cape! Gorgeous x

  17. oh lady e says:

    AGHHH! That cape is beeee-yoooootiful.

    And I want that apartment.

  18. Eli says:

    youll probably have to fight Andre Leon Talley for it first!

  19. lisa says:

    That cape is simply amazing.

  20. Lizzi says:

    You need that cape…put that on and you’ll be the caped fashion crusader.

  21. Couture Carrie says:

    Gorgeous cape! And I love your dress too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw, your seafood comment made me LOL!!


  22. KT says:

    You look gorgeous in that color!

  23. -h says:

    o wow, his home is breathtaking, gosh i wish i had that bed!!!

  24. K.Line says:

    I think that was the same issue that my home was featured in Elle Decor ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE that cape!

  25. KD says:

    It sounds like it was amazing! That cape + you = meant to be. And a mini-kilt is an awesome trademark to have.

  26. Danielle says:

    oh wow – that living space is amazing! and so is that cape…and your cranberry get up!

  27. Marian says:

    STUNNING cape. He is incredibly talented! darling the photo of you and Mr B is just gorge.
    Ok Wendy you just made me hungry with the breakdown of the meal!!!
    sounds delish and he made it himself!? fabulous.
    off to check out the elle decor link for Zang!
    muah x

  28. ana b. says:

    That cape. An amazing entrance and an even more amazing exit. I think I’m going to head over to Elle Decor because that Marie Antoinette wall has me in a spin.

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  30. syd vicious says:

    What a beautiful cape! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Dale says:

    You know all the best people! I love that apartment but have to say capes look better in theory than practice I think.

  32. G.G. says:

    Love the cape! And the apartment is divine!

  33. Bex says:

    OH all that food made me miss home!!!! Totally!!!!

  34. cybill says:

    I actually have a shower curtain with the cityscape of New York on it and it is surprisingly similiar to that cape. You want that I send it to you? you could make your own cape out of it!! Actually now I think about it I could make my OWN cape out of it, I retract my offer.

  35. cybill says:

    Here’s the link if you want to purchase one of your own – http://www.tdhomewares.com/home.php?cPath=2_4_11 (shower curtain that is, not the cape).

  36. Fabulously Broke says:

    That cityscape cape is REALLY beautiful.

    Wow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I almost imagined a big heart on a little capelet actually, because the title was “Wearing my heart..”

  37. Duchesse says:

    MrB is a cutie pie, if I may respectfully say so. Is this a May-December union? I did that too, though in the other direction.

  38. WendyB says:

    Cybill, let’s not tell Zang!

    Fabulously Broke, well, NYC has my heart ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Duchesse, I prefer to think of it as April – November.

  39. evie says:

    Only Zang Toi could get away with wearing that kilt ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve seen him once at a supermarket checkout counter in KL – wasn’t sure if it was him at first till I saw the kilt!

  40. Lynn says:

    Wendy, now that I’ve found out about your jewelry line, I know that at least 3 pieces are necessary to my future happiness. You and I are going to have to work something out. Maybe I can cook for you wonderful Malaysian dishes for a month.

    Really, I would. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. WendyB says:

    Hmmm, Lynn, that might actually work!

  42. toomanytights says:

    That cape is a winner! Great idea…