Fashion week is truly an amazing concept. We come together twice a year to share new ideas about style, set new trends, and simply ooh and ahh over new collections from both seasoned and up-and-coming designers.
It's a jam-packed week where almost each show seems more and more impressive than the one before it. Every once in a while, you experience a collection that truly leaves you in awe. Collections like these not only have gorgeous designs or polished looks, but they leave you with a deeper sense of inspiration. You don't just want to add the runway pieces to your wardrobe, you want to emulate the aesthetic and make it a part of your own personal style. This season, Taoray Wang's collection did just that.
Two Baroque musicians, Purcell and Handel, were the source of inspiration for Taoray Wang's 2018 Spring Summer collection. When their masterpieces were performed at the Shanghai Symphony Hall, it brought to mind the poise & elegant style of the era from King William III to George II and awakened scenes of palaces and opera houses filled with well-dressed and sophisticated attendees.
With this performance as the basis of her inspiration, this season's collection continued some of the artistic themes throughout Wang Tao's work, including merging classic and modern elements as well as creating balance and union between eastern and western influences. For this collection, she combined modern eastern elements inspired by the Shanghai Camerata performance with classic western elements the baroque performance recalled.
The collection is characterized by modern lines and a sleek tailored look, but one that feels elegant and not overly geometric. Some of the straightforward interpretations of the Baroque era include ruffles and a reinterpretation of the ruff as a waistband.
In addition to black and white, mauve and light blue linens are prominently featured in the collection and allude to the popular textile hues of the era. Lace accents add a sophisticated feel and contrasts well with some of the clean and simple silhouettes. Leg slit skirts were also a theme throughout the collection, as well as draped tops combined with fitted bottoms.
Personal Style Takeaways
This collection was immensely influential for my personal style. I loved the balance between sleek and feminine. I'm inspired to style more looks that feature the highly tailored look on bottom with a loose and flowy top.
I also really love all the monochromatic statement tops. It was a good reminder that a statement piece doesn't always mean a bright color or eye-catching pattern. A stylish statement piece can be achieved through the a twist on a classic cut or silhouette.
Photography by Rita Labib
About Taoray Wang
With a degree in history from East China Normal University in Shanghai, one of the top leading universities in China, Wang Tao took a second degree in fashion in the top Japanese fashion institute Tokyo Mode Gakuen where she received five international awards in design (source). Wang spent some time in the UK as a chief designer, but eventually returned to China to transform the broadcast:bo brand. Wang Tao launched her namesake brand, TAORAY WANG, in 2014 to bring her collections to the global woman who appreciates refined tailoring, sophisticated silhouettes and luxurious fabrics.
“Customers are not defined by race or nationality. They have an international background, they embrace diversity and are open-minded to try different things. They are well-educated and well-travelled. They are multi-cultural” - Wang Tao, Sept 2015
Her signature style mixes power with femininity, heritage with modernity and structure with fluidity. TAORAY WANG is designed for the powerful, professional and modern woman who wants to be stylish, elegant and sexy (source). Through her designs, she artfully combines seemingly opposite concepts into one cohesive idea.