There’s no spelling error in this blog’s title – it’s a reference to design team David and Phillipe Blond, the most glamorous duo in the entertainment industry.
They’ve produced diamond corsets, spinning peppermint candy wheel dresses and studded bodysuits that would surfeit any diva’s appetite for attention.
While David is technically the creative director and Phillipe is the head designer, the Blonds claim that their creations demand complete collaboration from start to finish. They may not be a household name, but their clients are impossible to escape – the list includes Britney Spears, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, former Creative Invite hostess Kylie Minogue…and the list goes on and on. Oh, and of course, Barbie and Miss Piggy.
The Blonds started creating clothes for each other for everyday use, but realized there was a demand for their ensembles when a friend wanted to sell one of their outfits in her store. They launched their fashion line with a show in 2008, and the rest is history.
Their work can be seen on models like Kate Moss and Karolína Kurková in magazines, pop stars in concerts, music videos and award shows, and on the red carpet thanks to their celebrity fan base. One of their recent milestones was their design of the ‘Carrie jeans’ and Samantha’s spiked-shoulder dress in Sex and the City 2.
Don’t limit yourself
[lquote] We don’t like to box ourselves in with labels. I think that’s where it can be cut short and limit creativity.[/lquote]
“Basically the whole fun of the show is to be able to add creativity, and to be able to express yourself in front of an audience. We are a combination of all these different things: designers, couturiers, costumers. If we said we just did evening or club wear, or evening gowns, that’s when it stunts ideas. It becomes cumbersome or suffocating,” David revealed of their philosophy.
How do the Blonds get a project rolling? “We start with an idea or feeling then sketch like crazy; materials come later since we don’t want to limit the creative process and boomyou have the look!”
Inspiration can come from anything
David cites the pair’s inspiration as “film and music, and women in general. We [both Phillipe and David] like that old Hollywood glamour mixed with a modern edge. It’s very much a showgirl aesthetic, not like traditional Vegas, but with an impact and individual flair.”
“Talk about inspiring,” he said of the female form. “Wars have been waged over it. It’s the most famous silhouette you can think of. So we like to use the corset to exaggerate and enhance it.”
He’s also mentioned Bob Mackie‘s influence, describing the fashion designer’s work as “So insane. It was 50 years of drag and insanity.”
Phillipe said, “I’m inspired by Barbie. Barbie’s amazing…she’s been with me throughout my entire life. She was always there, and I dressed her all the time. I used to be really obsessed with [the cartoon] Jem and the Holograms and She-Ra when I was growing up. They were so ahead of their time with the whole transformation of going from casual to glamorous. That obsession kind of evolved into our current madness — that ’80s sensibility that more is more. More is more, and more is better!”
Blonds have more fun
David stated, “We’re fun designers. We want to make people have fun, we want to have fun. We want to have the time of our lives doing what we do, and we do. We love every single moment of it. It’s something that we always treasure, every experience is so incredible, amazing, and I just can’t wait to see what’s gonna happen next.”
[cquote]For us there is no definition of style, it’s about creating your own and not relying on others to dictate it to you.[/cquote]