Shanghai-based designer Wang Tao celebrated two years since her New York Fashion Week launch with a stunning collection of elegant banker chic for the independent, clever woman.
Wang – who studied fashion in Japan, worked in Britain and still keeps a studio in London – chooses to show her collections in New York as the financial capital of the fashion world.
Hers is a sophisticated look that elongates the figure with on-trend vertical stripes, black-and-white blazer-style dresses with sexy frayed hemlines, delicate lace tops and soft pleats.
It was a meditation on classic masculine-inspired office wear, made luxurious with the use of gorgeous fabrics, and feminine with lace detailing: a look after the heart of many a Park Avenue businesswoman.
Next year she plans to open a store in Manhattan, her first outside China for namesake brand Taoray Wang, and she sees the Big Apple as a key emerging market.
“We have a lot of career women working in New York and so maybe that’s why this market is becoming very attractive to us,” she says. “The market is here.”
While she showcased some Eastern-style high collars, the secret Chinese ingredient to her clothes is the patterned silk linings – not outwardly visible but which feel great against the skin.
Women have to care about themselves, she explains.
“It’s not just a look, it’s a feel. I care more about how you feel when you’re wearing the clothes,” she says.
Wang finds inspiration in friends who are bankers, investors and lawyers.
“I just find them incredible,” Wang says. “I like strong, clever, independent women.”
The beautifully tailored jacket dress comes in ivory, black and navy. There are asymmetrical white lace skirts worn under the blazer and pinstriped trousers and blouses.
Her wide-leg trousers have a panel overlay to create movement. There is a beautiful black top with cream ribbon shoulder straps and a one-shoulder pleated black and white dress in wide vertical stripes. Another highlight is a sophisticated jumpsuit.