The Blonds Inspired By Tweety Bird, ‘Barbarella,’ And Other ‘Original Blondes’ For Spring 2014

“Fabulous” is, admittedly, an oft overused word, but never have I ever FULLY understood what it meant until meeting David and Phillipe Blond (better known as The Blonds) and seeing their work up close. Sure, you can tell from photographs that their curve-glorifying silhouettes, heavy with gems and crystals like the world’s most glamorous barnacles, are major show-stoppers and how that has made them go-to designers for the high octane performance outfits of all your favorite pop stars: Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and, like, infinity more. But seeing the pieces first-hand, glittering less than a foot from your eyeballs? That’s another story entirely.

Looks from The Blonds’ Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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The thing about The Blonds is that, on top of their designs being conceptually out-of-this-world, their creative innovation and commitment to execution propel their work past just a fun spin on fashion and into legitimate works of art. There are gold bustiers with webs of candy-colored wires throughout the bodice, and each wire is finished with a gold cap. There are iridescent Predator scales that tier out into a wild insect-like peplum. And each bodacious piece is paired with rhinestone laden booties to match.

Nail art from The Blonds’ Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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As if the exemplary craftsmanship of every garment wasn’t enough, The Blonds’ personality extends into hair and makeup. For this season’s show, models were done up with planet-sized blonde topknots, canary yellow winged eyes (with bright blue along the lower lash line!), and as always, the most BANANAS nail art in the game (shouts to CND Nails). That is a metallic cerulean press-on set with one hinged, mini-machine part embellished accent nail you’re looking at, people. HINGED. I can’t. Can you??

Looks from The Blonds’ Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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Also, for the record, every Blonds show is a BLAST from beginning to end. The energy is high, the clothes are spectacular, and most of all, these two really know how to put on a show. Spring 2014 opened with Phillipe emerging from a metallic space suit to reveal a gold long-sleeved, mock neck onesie (HOLY LEGS) and her beautiful head of luxurious flaxen waves. Half-way through the show, three models served us a weapon-wielding Barbarella moment in dress/bustier hybrids with full metal, very Grace Jones breastplates. And for the finale, they closed with spitfire, smoky-voiced siren Ivy Levan who hit the runway with middle fingers blazing. Our kinda girl.

Looks from The Blonds’ Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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And while we’re on the topic of flipping birds (*ba dum TSH*), you can’t talk about The Blonds without highlighting their sense of humor and how one of the biggest muses for The Blonds’ Spring 2014 collection was original blonde, Tweety Bird. The cutesy Looney Tunes mainstay was reinterpreted with bright yellow maribou feathers (inspired more specifically, the duo revealed to us, by the “Hyde And Go Tweet” episode), a cascade of Tweety eyes, and pops of lagoon blue (P.S. if that last outfit looks familiar, Britney Spears wore it on her “Work B**ch!” single art *brushes shoulders off*). Their ceaseless positivity when it comes to experimenting with fashion is INFECTIOUS. Like, enough to empower you to walk around in gobs of jewels and no pants on the reg. And it’s this fresh and fearless amalgamation of references that makes The Blonds’ shows and designs so much freaking fun.

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