New York, NY – February 13, 2018: Phillipe Blond, Daphne Guinness, David Blond walk runway for The Blonds fashion show during Autumn/Winter 2018 New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios (Photo: Lev Radin/Gildshire)
“Lots of color, lots of leather, lots of crystal mesh.” Those were the words of David Blond who, along with design partner Phillippe Blond, created the New York Fashion Week show that has all of The Big Apple abuzz. The night was rent by music, lights, and an array of colorful fashion that showed once again why The Blonds are fashion trendsetters in design, glamor, and the turning of heads. Gildshire’s Lev Radin was at the show, gathering photos and crowd reactions. There were plenty of both as The Blonds put on a spectacle for the ages!
“We zig when others zag.” You’ve likely heard that expression. It’s pertinent from the worlds of design of all kinds to foreign policy to sports. However, The Blonds don’t simply zig or zag. Their designs take off on tangents that have yet to be invented. That’s what had the crowd arriving early, and it is what sets these design giants apart from so many other clothesmakers.
Much of New York Fashion Week 2018 has been about a severity of look and subdued color. Top designers race to see who can produce the most striking silvers, grays, and black and white ensemble. Elegant? To be sure. Striking? You bet. The Blonds way of doing things? Not even close.
David Blond’s words with which we opened this article gave a glimpse into his mindset, but they didn’t begin to say it all. It was a riot of color! Brilliant reds and vibrant fuschia fought with emerald green and blazing orange, sometimes in the very same piece! Past shows put on by The Blonds have hinted at the color palette envisioned by these design geniuses (who doesn’t remember the gold jumpsuit shown at the Spring 2016 RTW show) but this night was color at its best and brightest.
The Blonds know fashion shows. They know that a launch party with designs such as their’s needs to be something more than a staid parade of stone-faced models parading before the masses. That’s why this show needed to begin with Drag Queen legends Jodie Harsh and Aquaria taking a front-row seat alongside L’il Kim, who had arrived at the sound of much fanfare in her own right. (That’s what happens when you arrive at your seat via the catwalk itself.)
Then the house lights went down! The platinum maned fashion magnates began a show themed in the classic struggles since the dawn of time. It was good versus evil. It was the weak struggling against the strong. Gentility gave way to courage and victory. “What is light without dark?” intoned a disembodied voice.
What, indeed? Suddenly, angels and demons followed each other to the catwalk. Phillippe Blond himself led the parade, wearing a glistening scarlet jumpsuit that was covered in black and gold studs. Spikes arose from the shoulders and torso. Blond accessorized with a matching pair of fingerless skeleton gloves (because of goth, naturally). The lights surrounding him caught his incandescent long blonde hair in just the right light to show off the small devil’s horn poking through his crowning glory of follicles.
After Phillippe’s turn on the walk, one model after another took bodysuits and jumpsuits for a spin. Interspersed with all of the suits were corsets. Seemingly, everyone was adorned in reds, golds, and silvers. Then, in stark contrast choreographed by the clever designer/showrunners, a black outfit strolled into view.
Was that all? Of course not. The Blonds are as well-known for texture as they are for color. So, a gaggle of studs, sequins, fringe, and spikes made this parade their own. The shiny and pointy bits decorated leather, latex, and fishnet material.
It was a triumphant night of fierce and powerful revelation. It is why a show by The Blonds is so much anticipated. They draw early-arriving crowds like no other, and this night of gothic storytelling, juxtaposed with shine and glitter showed the reason why the buzz surrounds the shows, the clothes, and the designers themselves.
The Blonds are a force of nature. Is their entire collection for everyone? Of course not! For those who dare, though, the collection for Fall 2018 has much to offer that will catch every eye on the street.