Blonds at the Beach

We were recently honored with an invitation to The Blonds Spring 2013 showing. To say we were thrilled would be an understatement. Upon arrival we ran into familiar faces ranging from iconic club kids to bedazzled beauties from all over the world. The energy was high as looks pushed and pulled their way into Milk Studios all hoping to get a glance at the glamourous designer duo before the show.

Paris Hilton and Adam Lambert Pre-show

We ran into some industry favorites like Kerin Rose, a rockstar eyewear designer who has a long list of celebrity clients, to view her intricate and unforgivably awesome pieces click here. Next in line is a longtime suporter of The Blonds, Adam Lambert. Showing up sporting an ashy grey new do Adam comanded the room with a well-crafted leather detailed blazer and smokey eye. Shortly after we ran into one of the most recognized blonde beauties to grace the front row, Paris Hilton. In her usual ever-so-photogenic demeanor Paris posed for fan photos before taking her place next to Adam in the front row. One of our new favorites was the surprisingly sweat Rick Genest, or as most of you know him, Zombie Boy. In a punked out Mad Max inspired outfit Rick was ready to put his own spin on glamrock. He kept the audience members captivated with his intricate outerwear that balanced with his over the top aesthetic.

Rick Genest Wearing The Blonds

The crowds quickly took their place around a crowded runway with anticipation and excitement. Natalia Kills was seated dead center to witness the sickening looks first hand while we closed in for a good view of the show and a place to snap our favorite looks. At that moment the music started thumping. It was a mixture of Caribbean beats and club kid throw backs with a fun energetic beat. In true Blonds style the show started out with a dazzling one piece that almost emulated Gem to the T.  Shortly after a tongue and cheek men’s suit followed with a strategically placed tube of lipstick that played off of the Blonds sense of humor and youthful energy.

Outfit that Started the Show

The Blonds Menswear Spring 2013

At this point in the show the crowd was cheering and throwing their hands into the air with every new look to stomp the runway. Luminescent colors and floral decals owned the runway as the show progressed. A true taste of Rio followed with bedazzled corsets and one pieces that captivated the viewer to the brink of hypnosis. Each piece had a spark of its own character and construction, but the one piece that made everyone’s jaw drop was a look Phillipe Blond owned on the runway. This jewel incrusted piece sported a blood read color palette framed by a sliver king sized shark jaw that would have made jaws blush. We wanted nothing more than to dive into the hauntingly glamourous piece and rock it at a pool party just to hear the screams.

Phillipe Blond in a Show Stopping Piece from the Collection

We left the show frazzled and bedazzled, and wanted more.  Team K quickly joined forces with Astro Erle, Amanda Lepore, Rick Genest, Bobby Webster, and a handful of glamour gals to head over to the after party at Le Bain. Avoiding a line that looked like it stretched all the way down to the water’s edge we made our way through the crowded “it” spot of the moment. We were greeted by some of our favorite faces including Mao and Rodger Padilha who made the entire night possible. It was a night straight out of the iconic Limelight events from the past. Dancing on tables, Acid Betty hosting a fashion show with icon Susan Bartsch, bottles as far as the eye can see, celebrities and New York personalities shoulder to shoulder.

Candid shot of Allanah Starr, Mao Padilha, Roger Padilha, and Amanda Lepore at the After Party

The drinks were flowing and we soon found ourselves posing with our favorites in the industry, but the cherry on top of the night was getting a hug from Phillipe before The Blonds ran off to their congratulatory vacation in Puerto Rico.  We can do nothing but await their return and watch the show on loop until the next installment. We have high hopes for fall and can not wait to see the long list of celebrities clamoring over these one of a kind  works of art. Stay tuned for more killer developments and behind the scenes photos brought to you by Team K.

View the ull show by clicking here.

 

Foxy Fashions

For those veteran New Yorkers who know the truth about FNO we are preaching to the choir, but for those new to the chaos, we wish you luck in finding your way around the camera hungry bottle vultures this season. The winding blocked off streets somehow give us flashbacks of the first time we saw Cloverfield, and were convinced it could actually happen. Suddenly everyone is sadistic fusion Anna Wintour and that girl in high school with daddy’s credit card.

For those of you brave enough to immerse yourselves in the ironically labeled “Fashion’s Night Out” we suggest a well mapped out plan of attack. For the survivors and veterans of Fashion’s Night Out past we offer a safe haven in the trendiest hot spot of fashion’s finest. Tucked away on the other side of the bridge Brooklyn Fox is having their first ever Fashion Night Out event. I know what you are thinking, “but what’s the difference between Soho and Brooklyn?”… and to that we say, “You must be new”. There is a reason every single show on television is based around finding yourself there. The champagne is flowing, photographers, free grub, new stores, prizes, and best of all breathing room. This year we are determined to do FNO right. See you at the Fox’s den.

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Bantering with The Blonds

Our highly anticipated interview with the glamourous power house known as The Blonds. Needless to say our interns were excited.

David and Phillipe Blond

Q:You have admitted to being inspired by glamorous blonds like Marilyn, but
how do you think you inspire the new generation of aspiring blond vixens?

A:Hopefully we inspire them to be more glamorous! You don’t have to be blonde to be Blond!!

Q: The recent trend after the economy crashed is to become your own brand and
sell yourself. Clearly The Blonds were very successful with breaking into the
industry. What advice would you give for a young designer trying to start out on
their own?

A:You have to choose something you love and stick to it. Create something that’s different and unique. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM!

Q:What was personally the hardest obstacle for you to overcome to reach your
level of success?

A:There are so many obstacles in life but you work through the challenges and most of the time something better than you ever expected comes out of it.

Q:We love your designs whether it’s for the runway or for the stars, but who do
you prefer to design for? Yourself or clients?

A:Our clients breathe life into our clothes and inspire us to do what we do. Of course we love dressing up too!

 

Beyonce in a bodysuit from The Blonds A/W 2011 collection.

 

Q:You are known for being one of the nicest designers in the industry. How
important do you think personality is in fashion? And have you ever had issues
with other people’s egos (no names necessary)?

A:Thanks, being nice is a prerequisite in any field and you definitely catch more flies with Honey! Personality is so important and even more important is a good sense of humor. If we had issues with anyone we wouldn’t work with them.

Q: The Blonds are everything that is glam-rock, but if you had to choose your
favorite look what would it be?

A:That pretty much sums it up.

Q:You have been a staple in fashion for several years and have bumped elbows
with some of the greatest. When was your “wow I’ve made it moment”?

A:Every moment we get the opportunity to spend doing what we love is a “WOW MOMENT”. Recently we had a big one with Barbie!

The Blonds Barbie

Q:With the price of materials going up drastically including leather and cotton
have you found alternative ways to generate amazing looks?

A:Materials is the last thing to be sacrificed when producing a look. Sometimes the budget isn’t ideal but we know how to work it!

and finally…

Q:Many designers are branching out of fashion design and collaborating with
corporations and artists. What do you seem coming next for The Blonds?

A:You never know so stay tuned! ;))

We at Team K would like to thank The Blonds for not only keeping us on our toes, but truly supporting the creative community. We can hardly weight to see what grandiose statement pieces one of our favorite labels struts down the runway. To view their most recent collection click here.

Kreatives

Sometimes we at Team K like to get creative, and when we get creative we like to drag our friends into the action. In a previous post we were gushing about one of our favorite face painters Denise Daly. Denise recently had eighteen pages picked up by the bible of the industry, Italian Vogue. It is always an amazing experience to see someone we consider an original talent get noticed, and when that talent wants to introduce you to her rock star friends it is hard to say no.

Denise Daly putting on the finishing touches for the foundation.

We recently took part in a laid back photo shoot as an excuse to pull together some amazing people for our roster. We met with Denise in her colorful and exuberant apartment for a few glasses of wine and a whole lot of makeup. Upon arrival Denise was breaking down her impressive kit that had any and every color you could imagine. It proved extremely difficult not to want to try all of them.

After a few minutes our new favorite fresh face entered the apartment. Stephanie Nicole Podasca instantly reminded us of one of our old friends and “it” girls Julia Dunstall. She had an easy going attitude with one of those faces that could easily morph from classic beauty to uncontrollable rockstar. The role of the model is often downplayed and sometimes the beauties we shoot are referred to as mannequins. It is important to drop this  outplayed mindset. A wide variety of girls and guys walk into a shoot and bring their own perspective that not only helps you identify their strong point, but can also be the factor that takes a commercial look to the high fashion pages of Italian Vogue.

The Natural and Nude selections from Denise's extensive kit

Denise went straight to work on one of the hardest looks one could attempt, a natural complexion with a dramatic eye. After a good minute of meticulous makeup work we were ready to take off to our next location. We grabbed a few bottles of wine and made our way to the impressive loft space of camera equipped Rocio Segura. We were finally getting back to the root of all creative endeavors. The feeling of orchestrating a story for the sake of creating has long been abandoned in the professional industry. We had a collaboration one could only dream of on a shoot. Everyone seemed to get along seamlessly. Without any egos we were able to create some amazing looks and even better shots.

Behind the scenes shot of the Girls at work.

Team K took a back seat and watched the ladies work as they created something spectacular out of a simple concept and a back drop. More often than not the editorial pieces that we have come across recently seem to lose their voice behind props and editing. It was a great refresher to break down the process and go back to the basics. Perhaps next time we will drop digital all together (fingers crossed).

Denise putting on a hot pink lip.

Each look seemed to take seconds to switch out and the versatile Denise Daly was able to generate colors and textures that only come with knowing the tricks of the trade. Our model was beyond verssed in her own face, which if you have ever worked with an uncooperative model, you know is a blessing. Rocio Segura had walked us through her impressive book earlier in the night and we quickly realized her success lies in her grasp on the core concepts of photography; lighting, proportions, and timing.

Stephanie playing with smoke for a shot

We are more than thrilled to have a network of individuals who are immersed in the industry and willing to work for a concept, not a check. There are already ideas flowing and projects in the works. For a closer look at the individual work of our favorite new team members follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and keep an eye out for the finished shoot that we will post as soon as we get our eager hands on the finals.

To see more of our girl Rocio Segura’s work click here.

Foxy Fashions

Our new favorite fashion den is blazing a trail for fashionistas and Brooklynites alike. Brooklyn Fox houses a wide selection of local designers and imported pieces that are sure to make your mouth water.

Cynthia Rowley Neoprene Pant

Mara Hoffman makes a bold statement with her techno print dresses, while Cynthia Rowley amazes us with her hypnotizing printed neoprene pants. If you are looking for gorgeous evening wear Tibi has you covered. Their full length silk dresses are a guaranteed show stopper, and for the girls out there looking to drop a jaw or two slip on a Norma Kamali and never take it off. We were also delighted to learn that Brooklyn Fox is an avid supporter of one of our favorite French brands, Surface to Air. The line has an effortless, but functional backbone that we can not get enough of. Whether it is a sculpted heal, or a boyfriend short with added zipper detail they are a must have.

Definitely make sure you stop in a few times a month to check out their ever growing collection of designers that have yet to break through to the barrier of the Brooklyn Bridge. We have contemplated setting up camp to wait for the whispered additions to the store’s Fall line up including; Rick Owens, McQ, Nicholas K, SkinGraft, and the list goes on. We are ecstatic for such a dramatic change in what we are used to seeing on Bedford. No longer will you have to wade through racks of “vintage” clothing that has a made in China label tucked in the back.

Bijules Rings and Pushmaataha Cuffs

And for the girls (and fabulous guys) out there with a penchant for the perfect accessory Brooklyn Fox has the hook up. The selection varies from local designers to amazing soon to be staples. Bijules’ knuckle and nail rings have the intricate pieces covered, and Australian brand Pushmataaha fuses a rock star look with the elegance of rare stones and pristine metal work.

Brooklyn Fox Interior

The sleek, elegant, and simple layout of the store lets the clothing speak for itself while showcasing one of our new favorite bag designers, Angel Jackson. Hailing from the UK Jackson has a firm grasp on the statement piece. Her rooster feather bag lends itself to a couture piece. In contrast Fiona Paxton’s double wrap bracelets and necklaces contain Indian metal worker inspired detailing with splashes of electric pink and yellow.

Fiona Paxton Double Wrap Bracelets and Pushmaataha Brass Skull and Crystal Necklaces

Angela Jackson Angelic Shimmy Fringe Bag

The buying for the boutique is impecable and we just want to hug the people responsible and not let go. Owner Alexis Isadora has found major success with her award winning lingerie and swimwear store located just feet away from her new prized gem.  We at Team K avidly support anyone willing to take the risk of going against the grain not only in business but in life. Alexis has a strong eye for pieces that captivate and intoxicate. From her understanding of the importance of a classic fit to the captivating fashion pieces Alexis is definitely in the forefront of building up Brooklyn’s fashion elite.