New York Fashion Week: Fall 2010
Designer: The Blondes
Your mall-shopping cousin from the mid-west may not know of The Blonds. But if you are, say, um....Brintey Spears, Rihanna, Fergie, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Christina Augilerra or Dita Von Teese, not only have you heard of the bleached top duo, you've worn their creations.
Phillipe and David Blond are the design team behind the label that is synonymous with the flamboyant and over the top glam. They started their label around 2004 with their specialty being hand made intricate corsets (which can take 4-8 weeks to create) and evening gowns. Though, they may not rule out the idea of creating ready to wear.
Is shiny a color?
I planned on having fashion week off to go to shows and cover for this blog. But as it goes in the world of freelance stylist assisting, when I get called to work I must go. I was dead tired after a good ol' 10 hour day of picking up garment bags, emailing press requests, and packing trunks but there was no way I would skip out on seeing The Blonds.
I knew to expect painstakingly embellished works of art worn on the body. Phillipe and David Blond delivered...and then some.
The collection was inspired by a cult movie called The Lair of the White Worm.
The show started off with Phillipe, incognito. In a gorilla suit. Burlesque-style strip tease.
One could argue that The Blondes are costume designers rather than fashion designers. To me however, The Blondes are true haute couturiers, which seems to be missing from fashion design in America. But, I can't say there were looks I didn't love. Were there designs I wouldn't wear? Yes, however, you're reading the words of a girl who wore knee boots, a t-shirt and jeans and enjoyed lurking quietly in the back row at a show and crowd of endless creativity. Would I love to own a studded corset hand-made by the design duo? Shit yea. It could just live on a mannequin in my office where I could look at it and be inspired.
I think the "fashion" world needs to pay more attention to The Blonds, since they, and designers like them are where it all begins.
F*cking crickets as show -goers entered the venue. Awesome. You could actually hear instructions given to the models on how they should walk...like "hard." If you own a white noise machine, then you own a piece of The Blonds show soundtrack. When the show started, in came the club music featuring sounds like "Have Mercy on Us" by the Bloody Beetroots
People and Scene
Drag Queens galore such as Amanda Lepore in all her Jessica Rabbit come to life glory. A guy in Swarovski crystal Mickey Mouse ears, another in pink football shoulder pads over top a sequin shirt--to summarize anyone that had a hot glue gun. The usual famous eccentrics showed up front row such as Miss Jay Alexander, Jay Manuel, Patricia Field and her fire red hair, and Adam Lambert wearing The Blonds claw glove. I spotted a dude in just every day clothes (khakis and a button down) exiting the show. What a freak! The crowd was anyone who wanted to look and those who wanted to be looked at.
The energy was intense. It was the way you'd hope a fashion show would be. At the end of the show the entire audience gave the designers a well deserved standing ovation. I can't say that I've ever seen such a response in my three years of attending shows.
To Gift or Not to Gift
I laughed out loud at the stripping Gorilla. What more can I ask for to end my New York Fashion Week Fall 2010 adventures.