Thursday, September 20, 2012
IT’S A BLOND, BLOND, WORLD: A Look at Why BLONDS Really Do Have More Fun
By Eden Herbstman
(As seen in PMc Magazine, September 2012)
The concept of having a “blonde moment” has forever changed since Phillipe and David of The Blonds stepped into the fashion world in 2008. Almost five years later the design duo have created The Blonds empire, synonymous with glitz, glamour, and all-around fabulousness. Part designers, part couturiers, and part costumers, their runway shows are one of the most highly anticipated of the fashion week season. They always seem to out-do the previous season.
As the go-to designers for modern day divas, pop stars, and style icons–and here we have to drop a few names: Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Fergie, Lady Gaga, etc.–they had the pleasure of giving the most notorious blonde icon of all time, Barbie herself, the Blond makeover. Out in December, Matel will release Blond Diamond Barbie.
But rest assured those non-blondes out there who still want to have all the fun, like Phillipe says: “You don’t have to be a blonde to be a blond.”
Eden Herbstman: You’ve told us before that Barbie is one of your style inspirations, and like a dream come true you have teamed up with Matel to make your own Barbie. Your Blond Diamond Barbie is wearing the finale dress worn by Candice Swaenpole in 2008, out of all your creations why did you choose this look?
The Blonds: Absolutely! This partnership is a childhood dream come true. Barbie played a huge role in our lives as children and still does. We’re both avid Barbie collectors. She’s the ultimate client. Blond Diamond Barbie is the epitome of over the top luxury and fantasy. Barbie is the doll who has it all! So, accordingly, we chose a look for her that is EVERYTHING! She is a reflection of the finale look from our Legends collection. These pieces came from our love of all things having to do with legendary Blonds. Marlene Dietrech’s famous Vegas coat, Marilyn Monroe meets Jerry Hall’s hair, and Phillipe’s personal make-up look and diamond jewelry all played a role in designing this Barbie. For our first massive collaboration with one of the world’s most famous Blond, it was the perfect choice.
EH: Last season was the first time menswear was incorporated into your shows. Any reason why you waited so long, and can we expect to see more hot male models tapping into their inner Blond this season?
TB: You’ll have to wait and see! It’s something we’d been thinking about for a while, and after collaborating with Adam Lambert, more men started placing orders. There has always been a void in the menswear market and now men are more open to something new and different. The timing was perfect!
EH: Do you feel you have any limits in your designs, where something is too sexy and revealing, or do you think your clothing and vision defies limitations?
TB: In The Blonds world, everything is possible and there are no limits.
EH: Aside from being the go-to designers for today’s top musical talents, music itself is extremely important to you both. Who are some current favorites of yours?
TB: It’s always a big mash-up of Azealia Banks, Celia Cruz, Beyonce, Grimes, Kylie, Almodovar soundtracks, Zebra Katz ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx, Charli XCX, Madonna, Rihanna, Christina, Alien Alien, and of course Katy Perry! We could go on forever…
EH: After all the fashion week craziness, where do you go to for relaxation, or do you feel that you there is no break from fashion?
TB: There is no relaxation! On top of regular client orders, we’re always working on the next season. This season is particularly busy because we will be showing twice, once for NYFW, and Puerto Rico High Fashion Week has also invited us to show on September 22nd. So there will be no downtime, but we love what we do and never get enough!
EH: Did you envision in 2008 when you put out your first collection that 5 years later you would have achieved the success you have today?
TB: To us, success means being allowed the opportunity to do what you love. We’re so grateful for every adventure life has to offer and look forward to the future.
The Blonds are a fashion design duo made up of David and Phillipe Blond. They are known for their glamorous looks worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fergie, and Katy Perry.
The Blonds Official Website
Written by Eden Herbstman
Edited by Tyler Malone
Photography by Mike Ruiz / Courtesy of MAO PR
Design by Marie Havens
The Blonds, Photography by Mike Ruiz / Courtesy of MAO PR