The distinctly pure lines and “body enhancing elegance” framing the Bianca Nero design was vibrantly showcased at the California Market Center on October 26th with much praise and adoration.
Sleek, elegant formal dresses followed sophisticated yet flirty spring dresses and separates in seasonally colored fabrics. Each dress boasted a unique cut with a seductive feel. Bianca Nero’s Spring 2008 Collection was imaginative, flirty and fun with a taste for sophistication. Formal dresses, spring dresses, separates, trousers, shoes, handbags, all combined to create a collective wardrobe sure to be desired, and purchased, by many.
The day-to-evening dresses and slinky cocktail numbers were fused with black and white with splashes of color, including canary yellows, cherry reds, apple greens, organs, pinks, purples, and indigos. The variety of fabrics employed in these remarkable pieces included silk jersey, silk dupioni, chiffon, taffeta, floral silk charmeuse, and stretch print charmeuse. “The dress,” Maria Wojciechowski, the designer behind Bianca Nero, says, “is a sexier and more sophisticated alternative to the standard jeans-and-top uniform.”
The flouncy spring dresses are very reminiscent of Italian designer Azzedine Alaia, a designer from whom Maria’s own designs are strongly influenced by. She also draws inspiration from Romeo Gigli, another Italian designer whom Maria previously worked with. All Maria’s inspirations, creativity, and vision combine to create some of the most unique, form flattering, and elegant pieces and collections. Her ability to blend glamour and sophistication is a large part of her success.
Maria, a Los Angeles native and former fashion model based in Europe, formally launched her label in 1998 at her Melrose Avenue Boutique. Her work in design, however, started long before that in 1992, when she started selling her wears at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. Her line is now sold nationwide in the U.S. at Neiman Marcus and specialty boutiques and is also available internationally in New Zealand, Canada, and Puerto Rico. For a complete listing of Bianca Nero retailers, please visit www.biancanero.com/stores.
One of the things that make Maria’s designs and the look of her pieces so unique is her use of a satin Lastex fabric used in the early 1900’s originally incorporated in bathing suits and girdles. Maria maintains exclusive rights to this fabric and incorporates it into most of her collections. This fabric is credited for providing the body enhancing effect for which the line is famous.
Bianca Nero (Italian for black and white) pieces have appeared in the pages of high fashion magazines including Vogue, Glamour, W, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, and Lucky. Many celebrities have been seen wearing her designs including Jewel, Paris Hilton, Marcia Cross, and Christina Applegate.
Sponsors for the Bianca Nero Runway Show included: Pravda Vodka, LA Direct Magazine, Sexy Hair, L’Angolo Café, Diego Rocha, and Joe Blasco Cosmetics.
Guests enjoyed gift bags stuffed with a Maria Bianca Nero t-shirt, a travel size can of Sexy Hair hairspray, a miniature bottle of Pravda Vodka, and a copy of LA Direct Magazine.
For more information, visit www.biancanero.com.