story by Seth Friedermann
photos by Adrianna Favero
styling by Seth Friedermann
hair by Annie Olivia
makeup by Ruthie Weems
model Natalie from Elite
Good tradition does not prevent innovation, it preserves the space in which it flourishes. Blanc De Chine is a classic Chinese silk house with deep roots in the art of silk and Chinese tailoring. Silk is first and foremost a Chinese fabric. It has been stolen, reproduced, and exported, but the greatest silk art and craft still belong to China, as do its most ancient secrets. Blanc De Chine depends upon every ounce of tradition and skill that their artisans possess. It is their intimate understanding of the fabric and the thousands of years old techniques that allow them to imagine and create silks that no one else in the world has.
Not conflicting with their origin, Blanc De Chine is also on the absolute cutting edge of textile creation. More precisely, it’s not just about the fabrics that they create but the clothes that they make. Blanc De Chine innovates with purpose; they design their luxurious and stunning clothes to maximize flexibility and ease of care. For a shinning example, look at their “traveling silk,” which rarely wrinkles, and will release any wrinkles simply by being hung it in the bathroom while you shower. Or their Dao collection, a small number of pieces consisting of the most simple shapes, but each can be worn in a stunning variety of ways.
There is a sense of great planning in pursuit of great purpose in a Blanc De Chine design. Nothing is random, everything is considered with their customers’ goals and life in mind. They achieve great distinction with deceiving simplicity. Blanc De Chine is the first great Chinese fashion house on the world stage in the 21st century, and their performances are a joy to behold. But even better to wear.