Style watch: Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan in Singapore

China's President Xi Jinping (second from left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (left) calling on President Tony Tan Keng Yam (second from right) and Mrs Mary Tan at the Istana on Nov 6.
China's President Xi Jinping (second from left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (left) calling on President Tony Tan Keng Yam (second from right) and Mrs Mary Tan at the Istana on Nov 6.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
China's President Xi Jinping (second from left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (left) calling on President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan at the Istana on Nov 6.
China's President Xi Jinping (second from left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (left) calling on President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan at the Istana on Nov 6.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
China's President Xi Jinping (left) and his wife Peng Liyuan arriving at Changi Airport on Nov 6.
China's President Xi Jinping (left) and his wife Peng Liyuan arriving at Changi Airport on Nov 6.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
China's First Lady Peng Liyuan looking fresh in a light blue cheongsam and white blazer.
China's First Lady Peng Liyuan looking fresh in a light blue cheongsam and white blazer.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
(From left) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching, Chinese President Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan at an orchid-naming ceremony at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Nov 7, 2015.
(From left) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching, Chinese President Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan at an orchid-naming ceremony at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Nov 7, 2015.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - China President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrived in Singapore early on Friday (Nov 6) evening for a two-day state visit.

The trip by the President and the First Lady of China is part of celebrations this year by both countries to mark close bilateral ties and cooperation since diplomatic relations were formalised on Oct 3, 1990.

Life keeps tabs on what the always-elegant Ms Peng will be wearing during her visit here.


Saturday, Nov 7

Ms Peng Liyuan and her husband Mr Xi Jinping have an orchid named in their honour at an orchid-naming ceremony at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.


(From left) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching, Chinese President Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan at an orchid-naming ceremony at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Nov 7, 2015. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

At the Singapore Botanic Gardens with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching: Mr and Mrs Xi Jinping were at the Botanic Gardens where they had an orchid named in their honour. The orchid-naming ceremony was followed by lunch with Mr and Mrs Lee at the Corner House restaurant in the Gardens.

Ms Peng Liyuan kept to the same colour palette as the day before. This time, she was dressed in a white pantsuit and draped a light blue embroidered shawl over her shoulders.

Her outfit works for the occasion and the weather. She looks fresh and cool in it, and her shawl matches the surroundings of the gardens with its tree and flower motifs. 


Friday, Nov 6


Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan wave to the crowd after their arrival at Changi Airport on Nov 6, 2015. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Arrival at Singapore's Changi Airport: China's high-profile first lady Ms Peng arrives looking well rested and fresh in a light blue cheongsam and white blazer with matching handbag.

We like that her cheongsam has an interesting yet subtle pattern that is reminiscent of snakeskin, and that she chose a jacket that did not obscure her dress.


(From left) Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Singapore President Tony Tan and his wife Mary at the Istana on Nov 6, 2015. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

At the Istana with Singapore President Tony Tan and his wife Mary: What a difference a jacket - or the absence of it - makes. Ms Peng did away with the white blazer she arrived in to reveal her long-sleeved cheongsam, which she accessorised with a matching shawl and clutch.

It must be tiring for Ms Peng to go straight into her formal duties as China's first lady, so it was a smart move for her to arrive in a collared dress that goes easily from day to night.

Her outfit is a masterful showing of how swapping an article of clothing for matching accessories can give the same dress a whole different look.