China’s first lady Peng Liyuan’s fashion style has made her a global sensation

Peng Liyuan's sense of style has made her an international sensation.

Peng Liyuan’s sense of style has made her an international sensation.

Looking striking in a cobalt blue qipao-style knee-length dress, China’s first lady Peng Liyuan’s recent public appearance alongside her husband,

President Xi Jinping, at Nanjing’s Purple Palace, once again caught the eye of the Chinese online community. And no wonder, since Forbes this year listed Peng as the 57th most powerful woman in the world.

“An elegant, dignified style which highlights her graceful manner,” one admirer wrote on a website. Another said that “the delicately embroidered patterns give a touch of liveliness to the cool, subdued blue tone”.

Peng’s accessories did not escape attention. “The matching clutch bag is a delightful touch,” wrote a fan.

It’s clear that Peng’s style has become more defined after 18 months in the limelight, and several high-profile international trips, including to Mexico, Indonesia, Belgium and Russia. A fan of clean, pure lines, her look projects a formal elegance with some very deliberate decorative Chinese flourishes; her image brings a chic touch to the dour face of Chinese politics. Read more.