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Courchevel Chic


Courchevel Chic

It is without doubt that Zang Toi knows how to dress the female form.  His most recent collection, "Courchevel Chic" gave press and fashion-goers clean lines, bold solids, and expert tailoring.  With the below freezing temperatures we all braved during NYFW, his collection sure heated things up.  What Zang does best, is create pieces that are ready-to-wear right off the runway. There are no designs than need to be altered from the runway look to the department store look, they are ready as is. If grabbing things right off the model was acceptable, I would have went right for the long fur, opening look, coat (or settle for the mens fur vest).

It is not everyday that you get the opportunity to chat with a New York based designer. Luckily,  Zang took the time to answer a few questions:


What was your inspiration for this FW16 collection?

The Fall/Winter 2016 collection was inspired by my stay at the Le Chabichou in Courchevel during the Christmas holiday, and the other part of my collection by my love for Paris.  The rouge hand beaded “VeVe La Paris” necklace was sketched at my favorite restaurant, Le Grand Velour, in Paris thirteen days after the terrorist attack to show my love for the people of Paris!


Who are some of your clientele?  

The Zang Toi clients are stylish and chic ladies who love all things luxurious!

Some of the ladies I have dressed are Melinda Gates, Ivana Trump, Anne and Patty Hearst, Julia Koch, Grace de Niro, Carol Alt, Julie Macklowe, Saudi Princesses and on and on...


We don’t see many celebrities with your looks in magazines or the red carpet…why is that?  Each piece that you create seems so clean cut and polished that a red carpet should be privileged to have your gowns walk it.

As a self funded independent house, I simply can't afford to dress movie stars for free!


Why fashion?   Who inspired you to go into the cutthroat world?

My love for BEAUTY. Nothing makes me happier than when I have succeeded at making my ladies feel and look beautiful!


How does the Malaysian clientele differ from the US?  Do you design a specific collection for Malaysia as well?

There isn’t really much of difference between my Malaysian and US clients. They are just as sophisticated and knowledgeable as the ladies here. We sell the same NY collection to my key ladies there.


Any causes you support?

I have supported the Lance Armstrong Foundation from 2007-2009, helping to raise over $750,000 for the foundation. Currently I am supporting the Human Rights Foundation, UNICEF, and Housing Works.


For more information about Zang Toi or how to purchase his looks, take a look at his website or Twitter (@ZangToi)!



Oscars 2016 Best Dressed

The stars and designers all brought their "A" game to tonights Oscars.  Kudos to Christian Siriano for his Stella Artois inspiried gown worn by Boston-area native Maria Menounos and the Armani Prive sea-foam green dress worn by Best-Actress nominee Cate Blanchett (someone who does no wrong at the award shows).  Cate wore this gown with elegance that could only be pulled off by her.

Presenter and star of "Quantico" Piryanka Chopra stunned us in this Zuhair Murad gown.  For someone knew to the scene, she made sure people knew who she was.  Best Actress nominee for "Spotlight" Rachel McAdams showed us that the bigger the train the better the dress in this hunter green August Getty Atelier gown.

Charlize Theron went from bad-ass in Mad Max to bombshell in this brilliant red Dior Haute Couture gown with a plunging neckline to show off all her assets.  Presenter and award show veteran Jennifer Garner stopped us in our tracks with this Versace one shoulder jet black gown.

Best Actress winner Brie Larson chose (or her stylists) the best gown to accept your award in.  Didn't think it was Gucci from first looks...but it was!  Drop dead gorgeous in royal blue.

All I can say for Mindy Kaling is "get it!".  Usually a Salvador Perez kinda gal, Mindy shined in this Elizabeth Kennedy custom gown.

Lets see what E! Fashion Police think shall we?





My 4 "Rights" to a Successful Event

Catwalk for BMC 2015 (State Room, Boston, MA)

Right Location

Like in real estate, location is everything.  location, LOCAtion, LOCATION!  I take pride in finding the right venues for each event.  I think I have seen almost every venue in Boston (sometimes twice) because it always looks different, depending on the event your ready to plan.  It took me about 1 month to find the perfect venue for my Catwalk Events (fashion shows raising funds for cancer).  Its not just about looking at the main room where all guest will enjoy the actual experience, you need to look at the BIG picture.  Backstage, front-of-House, catering space, storage….don’t forget load in either.  Knowing where the freight elevator is, is key!

Right Team

Having people you can trust and rely on is a HUGE part of a successful event experience.  It’s not just about the night of the event, but the lead up.  If you have a team that slacks off, you may want to reconsider [or hire an intern that you feel could do a better job…they are great help and eager to learn].  If you don’t have the right team, your stuck doing all the work yourself.  Autonomy is key. It is the first word I bring up in any interview!

Right Vision

“Build it and they will come”!  Your job is to take the clients vision and make it a reality.  A good event planner listens to the client, but a great event planner sees the clients vision before they do.   Sometimes their vision is a bit farfetched.  Your job is to bring them back down to earth in the best way possible.

Right Budget

“Mo money, Mo problems”.  Stick to the budget at hand.  Sometimes that budget is $1,000, sometimes its $100,000.  You’re being hired to create the best possible event within that means.  I am a stickler for budgets, and I make sure to take it to cents under budget.  Especially when working with nonprofits, every dollar counts (they are there to make money, not spend it).  If you need an increase, just ask…if its not going to happen tweak a few areas.  The other thing to remember is the client’s vision could be large than life and there is no way the budget will cover that…you’re the event planner…. so tell them!  They look to you for advice. If you think they are in over their heads….again…tell them!