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Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan shines again with her fashion choices

Published on Jun 10, 2013 5:45 PM

Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan first showed off her style chops in March, when she championed Chinese labels during her first official tour with her husband, President Xi Jinping.

During the state visit to Russia and South Africa, her outfits included a custom-made black double-breasted coat and black bag from Guangzhou-based luxury brand, Exception de Mixmade. The brand's website crashed from the surge of traffic that ensued.

She has kept up her elegant and tailored fashion choices with streamlined jackets and dresses on her most recent trip to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico with her husband last week.

While her clothing has not been identified by brand, many feature Chinese-inspired elements, such as the upturned collar.

Colour-wise, she showed off a greater range this time. Her visiting wardrobe might have included conservative colours such as grey, black and brown, but she also wore bright blue and grass green dresses, white and purple jackets and a draped yellow top during her time in Trinidad and Costa Rica.

In Mexico, she even donned a tulle-like pink skirt topped with a cinched black jacket to meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and First Lady Angelica Rivera, proving her maverick style choices.

The slightly voluminous pink skirt was a youthful touch that was a fun departure from her usual pencil skirts and slim dresses. Her penchant for dresses and jackets in silky material such as satin, however, made some outfits look a bit old-fashioned.

Still, the 50-year-old former folk singer is fast becoming a style star in her own right, drawing comparisons with American First Lady Michelle Obama.

A household name even before she became President Xi's wife, Ms Peng was lauded by Chinese bloggers and magazines for championing local labels during her March debut.