Front Row Report, The Blonds: Bette Midler Is All About the Sparkle
At The Blonds' spring 2016 show, the singer stunned in a custom-designed black velvet outfit with gold epaulets.
"They’re just so fabulous," said Kelly Osbourne of designers Phillipe and David Blond at The Blonds spring 2016 show on Wednesday night at Milk Studios. "They bring excitement to New York Fashion Week, and I love it. I mean, you don’t get a crowd like this anywhere else."
The crowd included the usual suspects — Amanda Lepore posing in glittery red pasties and a corset, Lady Bunny spinning for a throng of camera crews — as well as some new faces. Osbourne created a media frenzy when she and none other than Bette Midler, both donning custom The Blonds pieces, walked into the show together, moments before it was to begin.
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"I wanted to show solidarity," said Midler, wearing a black velvet number the designers had created for her Divine Intervention tour. "I’ve never been to their show before, and I really do love what they do. It’s colorful, bright, sparkly — you know how we love sparkle," she added, pointing to her gold epaulets.
"I was scared at first," said Osbourne of her custom jacket. "But you know what, I trusted them and it worked."
BACKSTAGE BABES: Kelly Osbourne, left, and Bette Midler in the Lexus Lounge at MADE Fashion Week. (Photos: Aria Isadora/BFA/Sipa USA/Newscom)
Since their launch in 2008, The Blonds have accumulated an impressive roster of celebrity clients; "the modern showgirls" — as the designers refer to the A-listers — include Madonna, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry and, most recently, Miley Cyrus.
"We did the tour with her and then carried that over with her hosting the VMAs — she’s great, knows what she wants," said David backstage after the show. "Every experience is different, and our love of music is really what we’re inspired by and why we do what we do."
The inspiration behind the newest collection was "a clash of Ancient Egypt and disco," influenced by the Egyptian exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, he said. "Gold everything," added Phillipe, who opened the show in a metallic gold, jewel-encrusted bodysuit and sky-high Christian Louboutin heels — foreshadowing the highly embellished, shimmering looks to follow.
Also in attendance was longtime supporter and costume designer Patricia Field, notable French stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Beyonce's stylist Ty Hunter, as well as a pregnant Kristin Cavallari, The Vampire Diaries' Kat Graham and singers Justine Skye and Pia Mia.
"I’m out here in New York for 'Do It Again' promo, and I heard they were doing a show," said Mia of her hit single. "I’m just obsessed with [The Blonds] and what they do."
And it’s on to the next one for the designers: "We’re going to go ahead and start next season right after this, and we have a couple tours coming up" said David, who kept hush about any specifics. "I don’t want to jinx it! But it’s going to be a departure from what we normally do and the clients we usually work with — stay tuned."