Photo Credit: Shawn Punch PhotographyDebuting just past the Chinese New Year, Blanc de Chine's Fall/Winter 2011 collection at New York Fashion Week showcased The Five Elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
- Wood represents energy and the root of life
- Fire represents heat and uprising
- Earth represents the origin of life
- Metal represents the properties of change
- Water represents the endless stream of liquidity
The Women's Winter 2011 Collection was inspired by metal in the bronze ceremonial urn from the Shang Dynasty. This historic urn was translated into apparel with wide-brimmed cuffs, collars and hems, and subtly embroidered touches on each garment of the brand's abbreviation, "BDC," which is reflective of the etching on the antique ritual container.
For evening, Blanc de Chine gave a modern twist to the Chinese Qi Pao dress, adding detail and beading to give the dress the appearance of fire, the elemental inspiration for the collection.
Blanc de Chine also showed a menswear collection, which was inspired by metal and the traditional Chinese armor, as well as water and earth.
All told, the Fall/Winter 2011 collection followed Blanc de Chine's vision of merging Chinese tradition with modern fashion.