Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Blanc De Chine F/W 2012: Timeless Classics
As Blanc De Chine approaches its 20th anniversary in 2013, it returns to its roots of 'timeless classic' designs proving why the house is the first Chinese international luxury label to successfully translate Chinese culture into today's fashion and still continues its momentum since it first opened its retail shops in 1993.
Traditional Chinese fashion is identified by these signature looks, the Zhong Shan suit, the Qi Pao, the Chinese Tunic, the Shanghai jacket, and the Mien O, and every season Blanc De Chine manages to keep the balance between traditional and modern with impeccable tailoring and touches of refinement.
For the past 3 seasons I have covered Blanc De Chine's collection showing, and each time I am impressed by the continuity of the designs. I love that the house and its designers keep focus on quality and elegant simplicity, rather than falling prey to the hype of glitz and glamour that lead to many designer's pitfall. One can appreciate a soft spoken elegance and excellent tailoring when it comes to Blanc De Chine, and as a high end design house it's important that the consumers see quality in each ensemble- for me that defines LUXURY!
One detail that I find to be a dying art is 'pleating' whether it's micro pleating or wide fan pleating. I am happily surprised that Blanc De Chine's designer sent out several looks that re-awakened my love to gorgeous well executed pleating- such a piece being the one side pleated cape. Other looks that were simply eye catching and such a runway delight was the sequined jumpsuit and floor length dresses, again sexy while maintaining elegance. Yet, I must admit that my all time favorite piece and partly due to my facination with all things 'caftan' is the detailed designed v neck caftan (first picture above). When skillfully done such as this piece, a caftan can have the same allure as any fitted dress or high hemmed skirt, I find that when a woman's silhouette is fit amazingly and the fabrics on the side of the caftan flails in the air, it's like watching a beautiful butterfly take flight.
Now, a Blanc De Chine collection would never be complete without mentioning the un-rivalled tailoring of its menswear. Hidden button or one button jackets are staples in each Blanc De Chine collection and with luxurious velvet and silk fabrics, every well dressed gentleman needs one in his wardrobe.
Each season I absolutely look forward to attending the Blanc De Chine runway show, it begins my fashion week on the right foot, and definitely sets the bar high for all proceeding shows.