Chi­nese de­signer brings color to NY Fash­ion Week

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY -

NEW YORK — When Chi­nese de­signer Wang Tao — known by her pro­fes­sional name Tao­ray Wang — de­buted her new col­lec­tion on Sept 8 at New York Fash­ion Week, front-row celebri­ties ap­plauded the de­signs show­cas­ing her sig­na­ture style of so­phis­ti­cated min­i­mal­ism.

Tif­fany Trump, the younger daugh­ter of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, was among those watch­ing the show.

The way Wang in­cor­po­rates so­phis­ti­ca­tion and a fem­i­nine edge into her clothes “is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing”, said the 24-year-old first daugh­ter, who was wear­ing one of the de­signer’s pieces — a baby­blue dress with ruf­fles at the waist.

“I have re­al­ized that this new gen­er­a­tion of fe­male lead­ers is not afraid to stand out from the crowd,” Wang told Xin­hua on the side­lines of the Tao­ray Wang run­way show.

“They can mix fem­i­nin­ity with their se­ri­ous ca­reer-ori­ented life­style.”

In her fall col­lec­tion, ti­tled Bloom, Wang, known for her flair for us­ing ba­sic monochromes such as gray, white and black to cre­ate el­e­gant and con­fi­dent looks for ca­reer women, changed tack, us­ing a bold pal­ette of pinks and blues, re­port­edly af­ter be­ing asked by her clients to de­sign more col­or­ful clothes.

She also took in­spi­ra­tion from the BBC mys­tery drama Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock.

The Vic­to­rian style and the del­i­cate de­tails in the clothes in the re­make of the iconic Aus­tralian novel are a feast for the eyes, she said.

Amy Zhang, se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent of Fred Al­ger Man­age­ment, a pri­vate in­vest­ment com­pany, called the com­bi­na­tions of pink with navy and black both pow­er­ful and el­e­gant.

“I feel like every piece can be worn to the of­fice,” she said.

Zhang, a long-time client of Wang, was wear­ing a suit from the de­signer’s pre­vi­ous col­lec­tion.

Zhang said she es­pe­cially loved the de­tail­ing in the sleeves, where a touch of red Chi­nese silk had been added to cre­ate flu­id­ity.

“She’s truly an artist who bridges the gap be­tween East and West,” Zhang said.

Wang, a grad­u­ate of East China Nor­mal Univer­sity in Shang­hai, has grown from an as­pir­ing de­signer to one of Asia’s most suc­cess­ful fe­male en­trepreneurs.

Since her brand made its de­but in the fall of 2014, she has be­come a reg­u­lar at New York Fash­ion Week.

Held in Fe­bru­ary and Septem­ber, the bian­nual event is one of the world’s ma­jor fash­ion events, col­lec­tively known as the “Big Four”, along­side the Paris, Lon­don and Mi­lan fash­ion weeks.


With his flu­ent com­mand of Man­darin and Chi­nese songs, Amer­i­can Slater Rhea has won over many Chi­nese fans.

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