The Blonds Show Heavy Metal Love For Motorcycles [Video]

A look from the The Blonds Fall 2012 collection and designers David Blonde and Phillipe Blond on Feb. 15 in New York City.
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Couple of things you need to know about The Blonds’ Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show. There was a light cycle from ’Tron’ cold chilling on the runway like it was no big deal. The season marked the DEBUT of their men’s collection (spun off from their bespoke collections for Adam Lambert, who was front and center). There were bustiers and loooooooooooooooooong blunt beautiful ponytails (sorta on that Iggy Azalea tip) jutting out of helmets. And last, but certainly not least, Lil’ Kim showed up wearing last season’s white ostrich feather + bejeweled bodice that was tailored and altered expressly for the Queen B herself.

We ran backstage and spoke to both Phillipe and David Blond about this season’s inspiration, their muses, and music which, DJ’d by Scott Ewalt, followed a gear-head theme with Leather Angel’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Love And Rockets’ “Motorcycle,” “Leader of the Gang” from Gary Glitter as well as Lana Del Rey’s “Kinda Outta Luck,” an artist that The Blonds cite as an inspiration.

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As tipped off by the music and the presence of two more motorcycles that were… um… pretty? (ahahhaha I am obviously an expert on all things), the collection was heavily moto-inspired, the fluffy-haired, lush-lipped (picture a young Vincent Cassel in his hey) male models marched in cropped jackets and low-slung leather pants and the ladies were slathered in gorgeous, sparkly sequins, shards and structured bodices that resembled stylized, retro, motorcycle seats.

Models walk the runway at the The Blonds Fall 2012 fashion on February 15, 2012 in New York City.
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Everyone either wore or carried helmets and of course Phillipe Blond strode down the runway first, shaking out hip-length blonde curls to maximum cumulus-cloud-like effect and riotous applause.

Models walk the runway at the The Blonds Fall 2012 fashion on February 15, 2012 in New York City.
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The leather badassery was certainly notable but my favorite aspects were the GOBS of chains and the trompe l’oeil 3D print (a graphic that was shot and designed by David himself) that the lads wore because it felt very much a part of the conversation left off by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci in creating a beveled gold texture for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album packaging. Here, we saw massive, jutting spikes fish-eyed to create an almost fractal-like appearance. Added to that the gradation of a metallic conical sheen and we had shirts, jackets and trousers that were absolutely transfixing (not just for the pretty boys under them).

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