First lady's fashion sense turns heads

Top News | Phoenix Un 30 Jun 2017

Peng Liyuan has gained admirers for departing from her usual fashion wear.

Dressed in gray-striped qipao blouse and khaki skirt, Peng had a white bag and light-colored high-heel shoes.

Fashion designer William Tang Tat- chi appreciated Peng's style, giving her 80 points out of 100 and saying it was a breakthrough departure from the past.

"It gives people a pleasant surprise to see her in a blouse with stripes. They make the whole appearance more casual. The jacket, in general, is very beautiful except that the collar was too high," Tang said.

Her shoes and bag were in pale pink, which was a good choice, and the general appearance of Peng was fresh, simple and dignified, Tang said.

Peng would have got an even higher score if she had worn a pale pink dress instead of pale gray.

"They just dare not make that step forward. Jacqueline Kennedy (John F Kennedy's wife) and Carla Bruni (Nicolas Sarkozy's wife) also often wore pink suits," Tang said.

Carrie Lam wore a red cheongsam and a pink short-sleeved coat.

Tang said Lam gets a score of 70, as her appearance was not surprising.

"It wasn't necessary to wear a qipao one-piece under the strong sun. If she had worn a long dress instead of qipao, even of the same color, it would have looked even more comfortable," Tang said.

Leung's wife Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, in contrast, chose a black coat and a long dark-green dress.

Tang gave her 60 points. The green dress was a good choice as it looked sharp.

The black coat was a mistake, Tang said. "The color didn't match the weather, and it's bad for a celebration event like handover. The high collar was also too serious, and it should have been worn in winter."

Among those who welcomed Xi was University of Hong Kong student Sharon Cheung Wing-yan, who helped in Lam's electoral campaign.

She was given a position so she could shake hands with Xi.

Among the welcoming team were members of Hong Kong Youth Power Association, of which Leung is an honorary sponsor.

About 100 children came from the Tung Chung Catholic School and the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers Wong Cho Bau Secondary School.

Peng visited Yau Yat Chuen School in Kowloon Tong accompanied by Regina Leung yesterday.

After classroom and outdoor activities, Peng watched student performances and chatted with them. The students gave her a fan with hand- painted pandas as a souvenir.

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