The Blonds Look to Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' for Fall
"We always go to Central Park and walk by the little Alice sculpture. And then, it started to parallel directly with stories that inspire us like Gregg Araki and Quentin Tarantino movies," says co-designer David Blond.
"It’s like a big disco party," said Orange Is the New Black’s Vicky Jeudy — nearly unrecognizable in a skintight, black catsuit, which the actress picked up in a NYC boutique — of the electric atmosphere inside The Blonds’ fall 2016 runway show at Milk Studios on Wednesday night. "I felt like this was a great show to be creative and bold, glamorous, sexy, so why not show up and slay? This is a place where everyone can get together, let loose and just get to be yourself."
Recording artist Sharaya J (signed to Missy Elliott's label, The Goldmind Inc.) had similar sentiments to share: "I’m all about individual expression," said the blue-haired rapper, who launched the Banji Movement ("Be Authentic Never Jeopardize Individuality"). "It’s important to be yourself, to embrace uniqueness and originality."
This season, designer Phillipe Blond and creative director David Blond — collectively known as the dynamic duo The Blonds — were inspired by the anti-heroines of Gregg Araki and Quentin Tarantino films, as well as Alice in Wonderland.
"That’s where the seed started, with Lewis Carroll’s book," said David. "We always go to Central Park and walk by the little Alice sculpture. And then, it started to parallel directly with stories that inspire us like Gregg Araki and Quentin Tarantino movies — that central character that goes on a journey and meets crazy characters, but we did our own glamorous twist."
The show featured the over-the-top, bejeweled looks (with preciosa crystals) we’ve come to expect from The Blonds. It’s easy to see why their garments have been worn by a who’s who of today’s divas — Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Madonna, to name a few.
Beauty was inspired by "if FKA Twigs and Miley Cyrus had a love child," said David of the models’ pink-colored dreadlocks. "We wanted something that was a little bit organic."
"We love dressing our clothes up," added Phillipe, who opened the show in a hot pink leather bustier number with matching custom accessories — Majesty Black evening gloves, Christian Louboutin thigh-high boots and eye-catching Bond Hardware jewelry with bedazzled nail designs by CND.
"We like to bring the glamour, the fun," said David.
And what’s next for the designers?
"We have a lot brewing," he said. "And we’ve started thinking about the next collection."