Taoray Wang’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection brought modern elegance to the typically drab pantsuit. The collection, titled “CROSSOVER,” continued the narrative of designer Wang Tao’s Spring 2017 show, which featured blazers contrasted with leather, crossing belts, but displayed a fresh perspective with luxe fabrics and wide-leg pants. She drew inspiration from women in contemporary Chinese dramas transcending time, combining feminine lace, which covered models’ thighs and breasts, with classic men’s suiting, a Western power symbol.
Models wore their hair bed-head chic, with tousled, almost oily waves and dewy makeup. Shoes were a mix of black booties, pumps, thigh highs and white slip-on sneakers. Sharp blazers featuring metal and tassel closures were layered over delicate lace. Skirt suits had exposed zippers and asymmetric details, while mid-length grey and plaid coats were particularly stunning. Most pieces were black, chocolate, or navy with hot pink liners, but there were a few purple printed coats, and a dusty blue, velvet suit closed the show. High waisted pants, loosely belted with fabric, flared at models’ waists.
The collection was extremely wearable, lending itself to both edgy 20-somethings and older women looking for classic sophistication. Tiffany Trump, who wore Taoray Wang to a campaign debate, election night and President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, sat front row with mother Marla Maples.
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