It is a testament to the enduring popularity of luxury brand Blanc de Chine that loyal admirers braved one of the rainiest nights of the season to attend their Spring 2010 Runway Presentation. The much anticipated event took place in their ultra-chic New York store, located on Fifth Avenue. Guests had an opportunity to unwind prior to the show at a cocktail reception held on the boutique’s first floor. Just before 7:30 event producer Patty Hughes guided everyone up the grand staircase to take their seats for the runway show.
With Real Housewives star Alex McCord and her husband Simon seated front and center, the show began with sheer black ensembles for women that conveyed an air of graceful sophistication, in keeping with the theme of the collection: “The Refinement of Ming Elegance.” These looks were free from any ornamental details except for the occasional pleat or tie belt.
The classic Ming Dynasty styling continued with mandarin collared jackets for men in neutral tones of blue, black, tan or gray. These were shown with white, round neck, cotton button down shirts and simple black, Zurrer pants.
There was more variation in the women’s collection with dynamic looks featuring halter tops, harem pants, and even a sequin jump suit. These pieces stood out in bright shades of purple, blue, or silver.
Two of the most interesting designs were the black Qi Pao gown and the short black dress with sheer sleeves. Each had a detachable zippered bottom to allow the wearer to creatively mix and match tops and bottoms.
At the conclusion of the show, guests made their way downstairs and each was given a black Blanc de Chine gift bag as they exited the store into the cold, rainy night.