The Blonds Fall 2019

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Glamour and luxury have always been key components of David and Phillipe Blonds eponymous label. The collections have borrowed heavily from hip-hop culture in the past with their sexy designs, penchant for maximalism, and the grandiose drama. Celebrity dressing is the bread-and-butter for the brand as they count stars like Paris Hilton (who walked in their runway show), Beyoncé, and Miley Cyrus as clients.At New York Fashion Week: the Shows (NYFWS) this season the brand brought their brand of luxe glamour back to the runway with a collection inspired by iconic gangster movies. The show opened with Phillip Blond wearing an oversized, metallic gold-lined, faux fur white coat. This fall 2019 collection gravitated somewhere between early hip-hop culture and a trip to Las Vegas.

Gold hardware screamed hip-hop culture and was fit for a Cardi B music video, while jewel tones, sequins, and sparkles were fit for Vegas showgirls in the absolute best way. The line-up of celebrity and influencer models also included Lion Babe, Karrueche Tran, Aquaria, MJ Rodriguez, and the Clermont Twins.

The selected celebrities really spoke The Blonds’ client base—super sexed-up musicians and influencers, glamorous drag queens, transgender, and gender non-conforming who want a lot of sexy sparkle and sequins. The show was closed by none other than one of the originators of hip-hop, Lil Kim.

Lil Kim who strut the runway in a gold sequined jumpsuit with a plunging neckline as she performed “Go Awff” and her classic hit “The Jumpoff”. As always, The Blonds show was a party fit for a music video. It’s no wonder pop and hip-hop stars continue to gravitate toward the brand, they complement each other well.

—Kristopher Fraser

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