Blanc de Chine, though a major player in the luxury fashion industry, marches to a beat of their own tune and reasonably so. Escaping the hustle and bustle of the often frantic pace of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Blanc de Chine presented their collection poised and relaxed at their most prestigious address on Fifth Avenue this past week.
Guests culminated on the first floor of Blanc de Chine’s three story store on Wednesday evening to enjoy Dim Sum and Honest Tea Cocktails before winding up the spirling staircase to the second floor fashion show. Mingling among the crowd were NY Real Housewife Alex McCord and husband Simon van Kempen, celebrity stylist Derek Warburton, and influential style Editors and tastemakers of the city.
In tune with the evening’s tone, instead of mind blasting house or club music typical of Bryant Park (soon to be Lincoln Center) Tents, sweet melodies from the Strayhorn Project’s live wind and string instruments paced the catwalk. Presenting both womenswear and menswear, the collection had key signatures influenced by the Ming Dynasty, such as the round neck design, a typical feature in Ming ceremonial robes symbolizing authority. For both women and men, silhouettes focused on long lines, elegant form, consistent rhythm and balanced proportions.
Among the calming lines and ebbs and flows of the finest silks and cashmeres, sequins radiated from the runway for women. A knock-out floor length sequin red dress with slits to the mid-thigh cast an enchanting aura across the crowd. Tassel Necklaces also made a strong impact. Timeless color, simplicity, and refined structure best describes the Blanc de Chine F/W 2010 collection and a pleasure to view outside the mainstream calendar.
*All photos courtesy of Steven B Ekerovich/SBE Photography