Design duo Phillipe and David Blond of The Blonds are best known for their over-the-top collections and custom celebrity creations for the likes of Bebe Rexha. Their Spring 2016 show is a jaw-dropping display of all things glamorous and was inspired by the opulence of ancient Egypt mythology. Despite our high expectations, the show does everything but disappoint.
Opening the runway as per tradition, Philipe Blonde entered the room, shedding a dramatic gold cape to reveal a gold encrusted bodysuit, complete with body panelling, gold spikes and crystals covering the entire piece. Glamour is a key component in the collection, it wouldn’t be The Blonds without it! So, fittingly, sparkly and metallic gold, skin tight body suits, corsets, and dresses accentuate and celebrate the human body in the most exaggerated ways possible. The designers played with micro-mini hemlines and plunging necklines. Though many of the looks seemed best suited for a Studio 54-esque venue, the Blonds are mindful to incorporate a few “wearable” items. The metallic and studded leather jackets were among the most “sensible,” yet still make quite the statement— perfectly suited for any rockstar type.
Although the clothes themselves are evident of the innumerable hours spent completing each garnent, (see the model wearing gold wide-leg pants paired with a jewel encrusted backless halter top) seemingly minute details have not been forgotten. Each model sported a platinum blonde wig styled into thick, blunt cut pigtails that served as a playful counterpart to the otherwise ultra sultry femme-fatale looks Nail artists at CND spent upwards of 600 hours creating the most outrageous nails possible featuring hand-sculpted wings, beetles, and even a sarcophagus’ and other Egyptian inspired motifs seen dripping from the models’ fingertips.