- Kristopher Fraser |
Designer Wang Tao of Taoray Wang, hailed as "the Queen of the Suit", decided that this season for New York Fashion Week she would give everyone a touch of royalty. For her fall/winter 2018 collection, Tao found inspiration from Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. The Russian monarch was a patron of the arts, culture, education and is famous for being the country's longest ruling-female leader during the Russian Age of Enlightenment.
The regal inspiration resulted in a collection of classic suit dresses in black and white, the kind that would be perfect for a state dinner. Suiting dresses and coats featured statement buttons, as often found on Russian coats, contrasted with more feminine accents like large belted waists with bows. The collection was about the full transformation of women from start to finish. She could be feminine and vulnerable in her approach, and switch to being a powerful, dominating force of nature.
Classic met modern through pieces like shawl collar suiting jackets, which were a nice update to what was once considered rigid workwear. They don't call Tao the Queen of the Suit for nothing.
The color palette include black, white, olive green and red. Red, of course, was used as an ode to the Russian spirit. Bold suiting lines were also softened in honor of the modern woman.
Today's woman is more fearless and confident and carries herself as royalty. Tao, who is known for dressing the like of Tiffany Trump and other notable female public figures, is all about the confident woman. Her designs transcend to find suiting appropriate for any occasion, from the public eye to ruling an empire.photos: Frazer Harrison for Getty Images