Who knew monochromatic silhouettes would lead to sheer power? Literally.
Taoray Wang is known for designing clothes for C-suite style professional women, and recently even dressed Tiffany Trump for the swearing-in ceremony, who coincidentally came to the show with Marla Maples, much distinct to the anti-politics overtones in so many fashion shows. Many pride themselves in wearing immaculate, sharp and attractive outfits that polished, functional, feminine, but firm with the respective corporate audience. And wow, with a literal punch in the face of corporates, she delivered a solid collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
Inspired by contemporary Chinese drama of the Qing dynasty, the difference in this year’s sharply dressed women was the influence of Asian inspired leather belts and corsets, working in a Great Wall of China style border and pattern to create a perfect feminine silhouette. There were fusions of lingerie inspired inners as lace on satin dresses, as well as the quintessential style of a power-woman in pesudo masculine inspired tailored suits in black, pinstripe and white. Double breasted jackets with wide trousers, muted pinstripe dresses, sharp cut blazers and tuxedo style coats were the perfect way to show attitude in the corporate world.
I enjoyed standouts in the detailing of sleeves and ruffles, with fully cut draped sleeves on both shirts and jackets, often accented with ruffles for a dramatic and dynamic effect. Many straight cut sleeveless shirts made a foray into summery office-wear for women, accented by similarly horizontally cut ruffles.
The combinations were unlimited, contrasting masculine and feminine, with Asian architecture inspired influences. With a recurrent love for contrasts, I was thrilled that juxtaposition continued to be such a solid, powerful fashion trend. Especially for symbolizing corporate power, a facet rarely tackled by street style inspired runways.