Sunday, May 24, 2009

Blond ambition

the blonds/phillipe blond's myspace

Not that frockwriter existed when they first arrived on the New York fashion scene in 2007 - or Feb 2008, when they made their runway debut. But even in our former incarnation as Fully Chic, somehow the blonde-tastic, glitterrific, transgender duo Phillipe (left, above) and David Blond - aka The Blonds – escaped our attention. Moving forward, frockwriter predicts it’s going to be hard to miss them.

The high crystal-and-corset quotient of the duo's womenswear has, not surprisingly, already attracted the attention of a bevy of stage performers, including Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Shakira, Alicia Keys and BeyoncĂ© (that’s their corset she’s wearing in the Uprade U clip below).

pamela anderson opens the blonds show @ life ball/reuters

Last weekend in Vienna, The Blonds took centre stage at Europe’s biggest, and most spectactular, AIDS fundraiser - the 17th annual Life Ball - with a fashion show that was attended by Bill Clinton, opened by Pamela Anderson and closed by Phillipe Blond. The latter stage moment prompted one reveller to note, “Now THIS is how America shocks!”

the blonds @ life ball/getty images via daylife

Given that Donatella Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Roberto Cavalli, Gianfranco FerrĂ©, Missoni, Moschino and Agent Provocateur have previously staged the event’s opening fashion show, it’s a fairly prestigious spot.

scott ewait

According to this bio, Puerto Rican native Phillipe Blond studied at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, before working as an illustrator.

David Blond, nee Trujillo, hails from Key West, Florida and studied fashion merchandising at Miami’s Institute of Fashion Arts, before spending a decade in visual merchandising working for Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s.

Think Jean Paul Gaultier and Donatella Versace collaborating on the one design team - with a little Thierry Mugler, Bob Mackie, Gloria Estefan and Sarah-Jessica Parker thrown in for good measure.

Frockwriter has six things to say.

Firstly, wow!

Secondly, Mardi Gras here they come.


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