The Blonds Celebrate 10 Years of NYFW: Exclusive

Billboard

It's been 10 years since flamboyant favorite The Blonds debuted at New York Fashion Week, creating decadent, red-carpet-worthy pieces encrusted in Swarovski crystals and dripping with their signature rock 'n' roll-meets-drag queen edge. In the past decade, David and Phillipe Blonds have had their bedazzled, musically influenced pieces worn by their industry elite muses -- from Lady Gaga's custom bustier in the "Paparazzi" music video to teenage it-girl Kylie Jenner -- and Monday night's show was no different.

While models walked down the runway in a decidedly more sophisticated color palette (nudes, silvers and light pinks) and Kanye West's "Fade" blared through the loudspeakers, Teyana Taylor, the breakout solo dancer in West's music video, bobbed her head along to the beat, wearing a studded gold The Blonds bomber. Sitting across the catwalk from Taylor was Kelly Osbourne, wearing The Blonds, as her famous father's heavy metal played.


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"We were trying to figure out what the soundtrack and vibe for our show would be," David said exclusively to Billboard. "And finally we just went with what we had been listening to during the design of it all -- Kanye West, Ozzy Osbourne, tons of Freddie Mercury and Queen, and in the mix we even added some shimmers and sparkles from Xanadu."

Making "iconic moments through fashion" has always been at the core of what The Blonds do, dressing artists from Britney to Madonna in one-of-a-kind stunners. But when asked to name one of their favorite, standout moments over the past decade, the couple responded with a no-brainer.


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"When Beyonce came out dripping in honey, looking naked and completely encrusted in crystal for her Mrs. Carter Tour…I mean, what more do you have to say," Phillipe said. "She was the first person we ever made that piece for and the first person to ever wear it. It really is something special we will never forget."