Hong Kong-based label Blanc de Chine held its Fall/Winter 2013 show at its boutique on Fifth Avenue. This reporter wishes more designers could do this, if for no other reason than because it strengthens the brand.
This collection was inspired by the Chinese city of Dunhuang, located in northwest China as a stop along the infamous Silk Road. In Dunhuang art, flying Apsaras - female spirits of clouds and water - figure prominently. Apsaras glide through the air supported only by floating fabric and ribbons - thus the latest Blanc de Chine collection was kept light and flowing by the designers.
This reporter's favorite looks were the ones that really popped: a little black dress with a mandarin collar and sequin details around the waist that looked like flames, easy draped jackets for throwing on with jeans or a cocktail dress, a charcoal grey dress with a draped collar/around-the-neck wrap detail, and the show closer - a long black qi pao without a frill in sight.