Celebrate the lunar new year (February 14!) with a little artistic appreciation.
Blanc de Chine is the first Chinese luxury brand to transform traditional Chinese culture into modern design. Past collections have drawn inspiration from the Sung Dynasty to the Naxi tribe. The design house’s spring 2010 collection draws from the Ming Dynasty, renown for their refinement in design, stripping away elaborate ornamentation and focusing on the raw material and its inherent beauty.
Blanc de Chine’s latest look draws from Daoism, appropriately called the Dao collection. Based on the ancient DuDou, a silk undergarment worn by both men and women in China as early as 200 B.C., the Dao collection reflects the Buddhist notion that truth and reality have more than one facet and are never absolute.
A bit too heady for you? Then just know that the collection is not only wearable, but works of art. Simple two-dimensional geometric forms in luxe leather silks transform on the body into edgy, avant garde, 3-D pieces easily incorporated into any wardrobe.
Like this leather silk piece:
Which becomes this:
Blanc de Chine’s U.S. flagship store is in New York, along with their Hong Kong and Beijing store. If you can’t get to the East coast, now’s your chance to check out the Dao collection at the Asian Art Museum in San Franciso next week from February 5 to 6, which will kick off the museum’s Shanghai exhibition which will run through September.
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Find out more at www.blancdechine.com.
Photos courtesy of Blanc de Chine.