The Blonds Look To Gotham City For Fall 2014 Design Inspiration

As a proud lifelong brunette, I’d never discredit my tonsorial sisters by saying blondes have more fun. HOWEVER, when it comes to New York Fashion Week shows, The Blonds definitely have more fun than anyone else. The dynamic duo of David and Phillipe Blond always seems to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places, and in less-capable hands, off-the-wall ideas like theirs have the distinct potential to fall really really flat (spoiler alert: They never do, though, because these two are rhinestone-swaddled geniuses). Their collections—and accordingly, their shows—are always campy but never corny, forever nailing the exact frequency of BANANAS. For Fall 2014 they looked to Gotham City—more specifically, Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) circa Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

Looks from The Blonds’ Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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As with every Blonds show, Phillipe opens with a surprise, themed entrance and one of the most jaw-dropping looks of the show. This season, that meant a gem-encrusted black-and-silver bodysuit, an eared skullcap, and bejeweled whip. David and Phillipe applied their special Blonds touch to Batman/Catwoman iconography, rendering the Gotham City skyline in vivid airbrushing and the baguette stitching of Catwoman’s costume in emerald-cut rhinestones, as well as constructing an entire bustier out of Selina Kyle’s favorite accessory (whips!).

Looks from The Blonds’ Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

Not to be left out, The Blonds also nodded to other Batman villains like The Joker (a dress emblazoned with a wide-mouthed grin and worn with a luxurious green-striped fur), Poison Ivy (by way of a corset decked out in purple and green metallic flourishes), and The Riddler (a purple-and-green number hearkening back to the lycra jumpsuit-clad version portrayed by Jim Carrey).

Looks from The Blonds’ Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

Part of what ensures these hyper-themed collections never feel played or too on-the-nose is, aside from their masterful understanding of construction and how to flatter the female figure, The Blonds always do their research. These two looked to ALL aspects of the character for inspiration. For instance, this gem-clad trio? It’s a nod to Catwoman’s initial introduction as a burglar and jewel thief. The model in front is swagged out in a corset drenched in pirate’s booty (her nails, courtesy of CND, are too) and a big ol’ black fur coat. Her lackeys, though, only get real gems on their necklaces. Their bodysuits are equipped with trompe l’oeil prints. I should also take this opportunity to point out the dark-lined ombre lips and super-high arched eyebrows that make up (*ba dum TSH*) the villainous vixen come courtesy of famed makeup artist Kabuki.

Looks from The Blonds’ Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

Of course, what is an homage to Catwoman without actual cats? A few pieces in the collection play on the cat theme in general, employing mirror-faceted cats as built-in shoulder accessories. There’s a pink panther version (above left) and a leopard-leaning one (right) as well as an all-black rendition (not pictured). The most entertaining tie to the cat theme, though, had to be Anna Cleveland in her fully knitted pink corset dress. You have to watch it for yourself in the video above, but instead of a straightforward walk, she maniacally knit herself into her dress (the thumb nails of her CND manicure were equipped with full-size, pink rhinestone-encrusted knitting needles). SO. MUCH. FUN. (And attention to detail!) The Blonds are the friggin’ best.

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