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.

 

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.

Gentlemen Prefer Blonds

One of our personal favorite names in fashion made a monumental move this fashion week by releasing their first ever men’s line. We would be lying if we said we didn’t want every single piece in the collection, but for now all we can do is drool over the intricate rock and roll glamour that is synonymous with The Blonds.

Photograph by Veronica Ibarra

The transition from womenswear to menswear is often a difficult one as the construction is generally far more complex, and keeping the collection fluid proves too hard for many designers. As each look came down the runway it was almost as if the transition was seamless.

The signature intricate detailing and formfitting metal-clad-crystalline influences pulled together one of our favorite shows of the season. The crystal laced singlets bring new meaning to the term “glamrock”. The rich color combined with the dramatic texture of the piece is hard not to fixate on.

Photograph by Veronica Ibarra

 

The men’s line offers an alternative for the guys out there who are not comfortable enough with their figure to rock a singlet. A combination metal mesh and leather calaboration come together to create a look that draws from a classic look in a renovated light. In all aspects the pieces speak clearly and concisely with the aesthetic we live for here at Kouturtion. The heavy emphasis of metals and rare minerals bring on an underlying theme of deity-esque road warriors who could kick your ass.

Unlike many designers who attempt a crossover there were no snags either in production value or overall cohesion of the collection. It was as if The Blonds have been in the menswear business for decades. It comes off as effortless  and makes us wonder why their peers, who focus on single gender lines, have been struggling both with concept and production.

With what we have seen so far The Blonds are still a force to be reckoned with and they just added another major weapon to their arsenal. We can only imagine the future direction of this powerhouse label and the new clients that come with it. It is no secret that when an artist is looking to “glamout” their look the first stop is with our two favorite blonde bombshells. Some of their clients include Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Lambert. We would love to see our friends, The Semi Precious Weapons, decked out from head to toe in our new favorite men’s collection.  We are already shifting funds and getting ready for a steady diet of ramen to get a little piece of this staple in fashion reinvention.

Visit the Blonds website to view the full collection.

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