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TAORAY WANG // SS18

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Fashion Week

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.

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taoray wang spring summer 2018 runway | Taoray wang NYFW september 2017 | New York Fashion Week 2017 | NYFW ss18
taoray wang spring summer 2018 runway | Taoray wang NYFW september 2017 | New York Fashion Week 2017 | NYFW ss18

The Inspiration

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. 

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taoray wang spring summer 2018 runway | Taoray wang NYFW september 2017 | New York Fashion Week 2017 | NYFW ss18
taoray wang spring summer 2018 runway | Taoray wang NYFW september 2017 | New York Fashion Week 2017 | NYFW ss18

The Collection

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. 

 

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taoray wang spring summer 2018 runway | Taoray wang NYFW september 2017 | New York Fashion Week 2017 | NYFW ss18
taoray wang spring summer 2018 runway | Taoray wang NYFW september 2017 | New York Fashion Week 2017 | NYFW ss18

 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. 

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taoray wang spring summer 2018 runway | Taoray wang NYFW september 2017 | New York Fashion Week 2017 | NYFW ss18

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.  

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Fall Street Style // Velvet + Floral Duster

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Forget everything you know about fall style...ok well maybe not everything, but at least a few things when it comes to colors and prints. It's time to go easy on those browns, navys, and maroons and grab some blush-colored pieces to mix into your fall wardrobe. Light pink isn't just for spring - in fact, it's one of the top picks in the fall color palette

Blush is the perfect compliment to most all of the classic fall colors, and gives you a more subtle option if you don't feel your best in the traditional deep fall hues or brighter tones like reds and oranges.

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NYFW street style | floral duster | Velvet top | fall style | Fall outfits | New York Fashion Week | Blogger Style | transition pieces

The Velvet Trend

This trend was a top pick last season, and it's making a full return for a second round as one of  the top looks for fall 2017. We shouldn't be surprised, velvet had it's start as early as the 1600's and has been waxing and waning in and out of the style spotlight ever since. 

   

Don't be fooled though, every time velvet comes strutting back on to runways and then stores it reinvents itself with a modern take. This season, we're lo0king for more chic velvet pieces like dresses, ruffled skirts, and mixed material tops. Not only that, set your eyes on bold and fun colors like blues, yellows, and, of course, blush pink.

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NYFW street style | floral duster | Velvet top | fall style | Fall outfits | New York Fashion Week | Blogger Style | transition pieces
NYFW street style | floral duster | Velvet top | fall style | Fall outfits | New York Fashion Week | Blogger Style | transition pieces
NYFW street style | floral duster | Velvet top | fall style | Fall outfits | New York Fashion Week | Blogger Style | transition pieces

Floral Duster

This is the year not to fear fall floral.  Floral prints are a breath of warm, summery air for fall and winter wardrobes. 

The trick to fall florals is finding one with deeper undertones like navy or maroon. Pops of orange and deep red in addition to more pastel colors like light pink help give the print balance and creates a seamless fit into winter wardrobes.

   

If you check out the abstract floral pattern on this duster, you'll notice it checks all of these boxes. It still has the light and fun vibe of floral but with pops of oranges and navy undertones, it could blend in perfectly if worn over a classic maroon turtleneck or army green chunky knit sweater.

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NYFW street style | floral duster | Velvet top | fall style | Fall outfits | New York Fashion Week | Blogger Style | transition pieces
NYFW street style | floral duster | Velvet top | fall style | Fall outfits | New York Fashion Week | Blogger Style | transition pieces
NYFW street style | floral duster | Velvet top | fall style | Fall outfits | New York Fashion Week | Blogger Style | transition pieces

Street Style

The main thing about street style in NYC during fashion week is that it's everywhere. Walking around outside before and after the shows was highly inspirational for my wardrobe and I found my adventurous side running wild with new ideas about how to style the many existing pieces in my closet. Fashion is a sort of creative expression that can't be matched. Its with us in daily life, needs no words to convey a feeling and vibe. When I captioned a photo of this outfit for Instagram I said,

   

"Fashion is most often found strutting down a runway, but style finds you on the street.

   

Fashion is the art of designing the clothes, but style is the art of living in them. I was immensely impressed with the designs on the runway, which I expected I would be. What I didn't expect was how in awe I would be of all the creativity around me through the pieces people chose to put together and the ways in which they styled them.  

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Photography by Rita Labib

About the look

This velvet wrap top is made of beautifully crushed blush velvet and has a peak-through chiffon layer which adds dimension and personality. The back has a tie right below the neckline. It's fairly fitted with a perfect v-neck. The soft velvety texture is a perfect contrast for the sleek and silky look of the duster. Lined with a drawstring waist, this duster jacket has a perfect fit that hits right below the knee. Some of my other favorite features, besides the amazing pattern, are the pockets and side slits.

   

Since the velvet and duster combo is the main focus of this outfit, I paired it with some light shredded boyfriend denim for a balanced feel and casual look. I had to cuff it to show off these shoes a little more. They're interchangeable: letting you swap out the straps to dress them up or down. I finished off the look with some thin hoop earrings with a pearl accent.

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