Blondes close out NYFW glamor with Y2K club drama, heels and more – Footwear News
If anyone knows the power of glamour, it’s the blondes. Designer couple Phillipe and David Blond have been mainstays of the fashion industry for years, renowned for their elaborate ornate designs worn by Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Rihanna – to name but a few.
In fact, many of these women were on the Blonds moodboard this season. While simultaneously designing their Spring 2023 collection and creating The Blonds: Glamour, Fashion, Fantasy photography book, the duo rediscovered their own personal archives. A new inspiration eventually became the duo themselves, reminiscing about their romantic encounter on the Manhattan nightlife scene in 2000.
“We fell in love with dance music, hung out around town, and that included people like Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott,” David recalled exclusively with FN backstage before the show. “It also goes back to this idea of the past merging with the future.”
Indeed, the boundless energy of the couple’s Spring Studios show felt like a fashion throwback. DJ’d by the Misshapes, Daphne Guinness, Amanda Lepore and Susanne Bartsch held court front row while Coi Leray, Gigi Gorgeous and Cassie – strutting to her 2006 hit “Long Way 2 Go” – walked in 2000-inspired pieces covered in chains, crystals and link prints. Saucy Santana played a musical set on the track while Nikita Dragun twerked nearby. At one point, longtime Blond model Kirill Kabachenko ripped off her tank top, tossing shreds into the crowd before strutting the runway in a printed speedo and platform boots. This new chapter in the Blonds’ fashion heritage, coupled with the rock concert energy of the runways – as described by guests at the Amrezy x Pretty Little Thing after-party – certainly closed Fashion Week with a show.
Also of note is the duo’s ongoing collaboration with Christian Louboutin, who designed custom shoes for the show. This year, platform boots, stiletto pumps and ankle boots were covered in prints, sequins and matching studs. The styles were developed after the Blonds sent their textile materials to Louboutin – and even achieved their goal of dazzling the designer’s signature red soles.
“We sent them the materials so that everything matched from head to toe,” David said. “Obviously one of our dreams has always been to have crystals on the bottom of the shoes; it has a detail, it’s so cute because it’s hidden away, and it takes it to the next level of luxury. Philippe has developed a fondness for platforms, so we’re into it. »
As The Blonds wrapped up Fashion Week with a glitzy viral bang, I couldn’t help but wonder – do blondes actually have more fun?
“Absolutely! Right? You have to go blonde,” Philippe proclaimed after the show. “I feel like everyone is blonde at heart, really.”