The Fashions of China's First Lady

The long streak of anonymity for Chinese leaders' wives appears to be ending with Peng Liyuan, the famed folksinger married to President Xi Jinping. Peng, 50, has won widespread praise for her fashion sense, not only pairing fine frocks and understated accessories with elegant coats and fresh-faced makeup but also choosing domestic brands over foreign-made goods.

1. China's First Lady (in Pretoria, South Africa) dresses like "a modern woman," per Zhang Yu of Vogue China

2. Peng (in Pretoria) inspires "confidence" in local brands, said Donna Jiang, a Shanghai-based buyer

3. Peng (in Dar...

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