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Feature: East meets West as Chinese designer's "Shanghai Baroque" collection debuts at NY Fashion Week
Last Updated: 2017-09-11 09:36 | Xinhua
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U.S.-NEW YORK-FASHION WEEK-TAORAY WANG

Models present creations of the Spring/Summer 2018 Taoray Wang collection during the New York Fashion Week in New York, the United States on Sept. 9, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

Shanghai designer Taoray Wang's newest creations at the New York Fashion Week on Saturday were a visual feast as the beautiful clothes impressed visitors with a unique blend of Chinese and Western cultures that were manifested in the designs.

On the third day of the fashion week, Wang fused East and West, modern and classic, masculinity and femininity into the Spring/Summer 2018 collection, named "Shanghai Baroque."

"The inspiration came unexpectedly as I was listening to a concert in which a group of a very young fashionable Chinese musicians were playing Baroque British court music," said Wang.

Her namesake brand, Taoray Wang, first appeared at New York Fashion Week in the fall of 2014, and soon won applause for attaching great importance to combining modern art and traditional Chinese elements.

Wang, who studied fashion inJapanafter graduating with a degree in history, has a diverse background and a global point of view. Still, she once said that Chinese culture is deeply rooted in her, as can be seen from the tailoring and the colors she uses.

"I'm so proud of being Chinese. Chinese culture is something you have to take time to discover and understand," said Wang.

Tiffany Trump, the younger of U.S. President Donald Trump's two daughters, was among the celebrities who watched Wang's show in the front row on Saturday.

She told Xinhua that clothes designed by Wang are impeccable, and the way Wang incorporates strength and fluidity into the clothes "is something that a lot of designers can't do."

The 23-year-old first daughter was wearing a Taoray Wang dark strapless frock and white sash from the brand's latest collection on Wednesday.

In January, she wore a white double-breasted coat from the designer at her father's inauguration.

Wang said she was surprised to see Tiffany wearing it on that big day and she is thankful to Tiffany for her trust and choice of the Chinese brand.

Peter Brant Jr., son of a fashion model and a billionaire, was wearing a white outfit with line embroidery from the new Taoray line on Wednesday.

"I love the collection. It's post-modern with classic fabric," said the model.

He loved Chinese fashion because Eastern and Western elements are now coming together in a unique way in Chinese fashion brands, he said.

"Western arts had so much influence from the East historically and now Asia is re-purposing all kinds of Western styles and making their own," said Brant.

Indeed, Wang herself once said, "fashion transcends cultures, time and geographies."

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