Do you know that spectacular spangly outfit worn onstage by your favorite pop diva? It was probably made by The Blonds. That impossibly perfect specimen of male/female beauty on the runway? That's Philippe Blond. The iconic mannequin company Rootstein immortalized him as one of their new mannequins in both his masculine and feminine looks. Gender fluidity never looked this good.
During NY Fashion Week, I enjoyed a fabulous cocktail party/retrospective exhibit of The Blonds most iconic looks. I recognized most of the outfits from my favorite concerts. While they looked great from afar, it was really impressive to see the work and construction up close. The highly dimensional embroidery with jewels, spikes, chains, electric wire was incredible.
Together with partner David, The Blonds are icons of 1990s club looks taken to the Nth degree. Each outfit is creating a character unto itself. They are so flashy, so over the top that it makes the person wearing them larger than life as well. They costumed everyone from Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Beyonce, well, any modern pop icon you can think of actually. Such mundane concerns as wearability or practicality are not considered.
Do you have a favorite look from The Blonds? Sound off below.
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by Ms. Fabulous at Mode
All photos by Mariana Leung