The blonds shone like bright, shimmering jewels in their fall/winter debut, closing out New York Fashion Week for the season.
Colourful, glittering jewels, held at the Spring Studios gallery in New York on Wednesday night, set the tone for the night.
One of the Blonds designers, Phillipe Blond, opened the show with a dramatic runway walk in a black skintight jumpsuit with “The Blondes” spread across it. The night was all about big hair, shoes and jewels and that’s exactly what Blond wore and the rest of the fun, sparkly line illustrated.
The designer also wore a large heart-shaped piece of jewelery around her neck while wearing a floor-length faux fur coat created by independent designer Adrienne Landau.
Each model that followed the opening of Blond became progressively more bold and gorgeous, playing on old Hollywood glamor reminiscent of the Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor era. Taylor’s obsession with jewelry was one of the inspirations for the collection. Movies like Valley of the Dolls, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Butterfield 8 played a role in the larger vision of the line.
“It’s all about the celebration of colour, glitz and glamour. And this is a kind of homage to Elizabeth Taylor, one of our style icons. And the idea of falling in love and falling in love again,” David Blond said ahead of the show.
The Blonds worked with Preciosa for the crystals featured on the show, Christian Louboutin for the custom-made shoes, and Oribe Hair Care for the quaffy wigs, Blond said.
Some standout pieces were a two-piece emerald green velvet dress with large jewels placed just above the chest and below the belly on the ruched skirt. Another standout look was a mini purple Y2K-inspired sequin dress paired with knee-high Louboutin heels.
A hooded white dress with an asymmetrical slit down the leg and a diamond-shaped jewel at the center and a structured black velvet mini dress lined with silver jewels and a purple jewel on the chest of the dress left the crowd dazzling.
Model and Elon Musk’s mother, Maye Musk, was in attendance: “Well obviously I’m most looking forward to tonight because I can really go to extremes which is unexpected,” she said. “In six weeks I’ll be 75. And it should show that we’re still relevant. And I’ve been to some nice shows and they’re all wonderful. And I feel very, very lucky.”
Actor and model Dominique Jackson ended the show with the most stunning look of the night. Jackson stunned in a black corset with a huge sparkling diamond on her chest, fishnet tights, platform heels by Louboutin and a big white faux fur coat, while effortlessly sporting a ’70s-style afro.
Associated Press writer John Carucci contributed to this report.