reporting by Ashley Roberts
photos by Adrianna Favero
Blanc de Chine‘s epigram, “so ancient, so modern,” is again clearly present in their Spring 2012 collection of flowing silk tops, sequined dresses, minimalistic blazers, and Chinese collars. Suggested by their line sheet to have been inspired by ink and wash paintings, the color palate of the ancient-inspired silk brand’s newest collection consists of black with faint use of pastel pink, elegant lavender, and rejuvenating blue jewel tones. It is intended to demonstrate “how the mood is articulated through the paintings by combining the ‘qu’ (life force) with the brush and the ink.”
Although the great majority of their constructions are silk, layers of chiffon and viel-thin cotton are used together here to “replicate the lines of the ink and wash paintings.” The Hong Kong brand’s store in New York is located at the corner of 53rd Street and 5th Avenue. These clothes must be touched to be understood.