Designer TAORAY WANG on September 7 kicked off NYFW with her SS20 collection toting tailored suits in sheer mint greens, oversized sleeves with jewel embellishments, black lace, and monochromatic prints. Generally not a big fan of pastel palettes, but definitely a lover of the fresh breath (of air), Temper goes where the wild mint leaves grow.
About Colette, Countryside & Female Control
Renowned author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, was the inspiration behind the TAORAY WANG SS20 oeuvre. An independent, fearless woman living in an era of war, Colette led a sensational life of love and rebellion. The challenges never broke Colette’s spirit or stopped her voluminous output, continuously and tirelessly furthering the women’s empowerment movement.
From a girl in Burgundy who dressed for the countryside cold and comfort, Colette eventually emerged a big fan of the art de vivre, so to speak, a Parisian lady who dared to break social taboos by appearing in public boasting a three-piece suit. It was Colette’s spirited style that inspired WANG Tao, the founder, designer, and CEO of TAORAY WANG, in her design of SS20 TAORAY WANG “Wild Beauty, Intractable Myth.”
The women’s suit is a Tao signature, and she has converted it into a staple across modern women’s wardrobes everywhere. Contrary to the tradition of the suit masking femininity, the designer considers it a fashion statement that exudes the charm and power of women.
Manicure by Jackie Saulsbery for GABRIEL
Rodney Cutler for Bubbles Salons
Jet Yang for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Wild and mythical collection highlights included fresh mint green meets classic black and white, lace collides with cashmere, delicate falbala meets hard stripes, off-the-shoulder contrasts with punk elements and graceful bowknots offset charming silhouettes. These elements, which emphasize the power and confidence of women, are a departure from the traditional masculine Power Suit. Season after season, the brand strives to break the rules of design, creating an image of exquisite female leadership.
About Tao And Her Road To Fashion
Wang Tao, hailed as “the Queen of the Suit,” is one of China’s most celebrated and accomplished designers and a pioneer in contemporary Chinese women’s fashion. Over the past two decades, the Institute Tokyo Mode Gakuen graduate has grown from an aspiring designer to one of Asia’s most successful female entrepreneurs, launching her namesake brand TAORAY WANG at New York Fashion Week September 2014.
Known for her fine tailoring, chic silhouettes, and exceptional textiles, TAORAY WANG’s fans include Tiffany Trump and have been featured in many top publications including Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, W Magazine and Vogue China.
The TAORAY WANG collection is sold to exclusive clients throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. In addition, the brand is scheduled to open its first U.S. store and showroom in New York City’s SoHo next year.
Time to power suit up.
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