Pablo Starr is publisher of FWO and RNWY, and author of forthcoming RNWY: A Novel. Read about Pablo in The Huffington Post. (More info.)

Taoray Wang NYFW SS18

Represented by Company Agenda.

The world annoys. Art soothes. Ultimately, that’s what fashion is all about. Art is always looking to create a better, more perfect world, even if the circumstances around art are less-than perfect. Fortunately, the world always seems to turn for the better, and meanwhile art is there to lend us a dose of inspiration while we wait.

On September 9, Chinese designer Wang Tao, founder of Taoray Wang, showcased her Spring-Summer 2018 collection at the latest installment of New York Fashion Week.

Wang Tao is one of China’s most celebrated and accomplished designers and a pioneer of contemporary Chinese women’s fashion. Over the past two decades, the graduate of the Institute Tokyo Mode Gakuen 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 in September 2014.

 
Taoray Wang: NYFW SS18

 

“East and West fusion” may not be a new concept in fashion, but everything relies on the execution. Wang Tao is a master of draping: that exquisite art wherein every wrinkle and fold becomes a part of the finished look with the certainty of Rembrandt or Rodin.

every wrinkle and fold becomes a part of the finished look with the certainty of Rembrandt or Rodin

The comparison isn’t too far off the mark, as the inspiration for Taoray Wang’s 2018 Spring Summer Collection came from Baroque musicians Purcell and Handel. Some of the flouncy peplums and exaggerations of the era made an appearance, but sharply reworked for a more modern look. An Elizabethan collar became a belt. A shirt took on an almost moto-like quality.

An Elizabethan collar became a belt. A shirt took on an almost moto-like quality.

One of the strengths of Taoray Wang comes from the fact that Tao is highly attuned to silhouette: that ghostly specter that seems to deliver a look directly to the subconscious.

As a result, the collection had a genuine high-fashion appeal: svelte and sexy, with more than enough wearability to ensure a warm reception at retail.

##

With love,

FWO

Advertisement