The inspiration behind the newest collection was “a clash of Ancient Egypt and disco,” influenced by the Egyptian exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, he said. “Gold everything,” added Phillipe, who opened the show in a metallic gold, jewel-encrusted bodysuit and sky-high Christian Louboutin heels — foreshadowing the highly embellished, shimmering looks to follow.
This show was an extra special show for me because I worked with David Blond back in the late ’90s in visual display at Macy’s Herald Square. There was always something extra special even back then with David and his artistic expression, in the windows and in every day life. As a New Yorker working in Fashion here for 20 years – I pretty much can tell who will “make it” and who is full o’ shit! David had drive, passion and was a fierce talent not to be messed with and I had a very strong feeling this boy would soar to fashion success!
Looking back at those years with Macy’s Herald Square, I worked with so many talented people. Many moved on to amazing careers like The Blonds. We even survived the 9/11 attacks in those windows, as our Visual team huddled together in the back of those windows, trying to figure out how to get out of the building safe.
The Blonds made me dream big and reach for the gold and I wish them more and more success in the future. I got Spandau Ballets’s song Gold in my head as we walked among the old limelight days, celebs and crazy drag queens including Lady Bunny who all looked Ab Fab as usual!
I chatted to David about our time at Macy’s and what he thinks of NYC in 2015:
When you first came to NYC you worked in the windows at Macy’s, I worked there too with you. There are so many talented people that came out of that store like Linda Fargo, who I ultimately work for on the the windows at Bergorf Goodman. Do you agree Macy’s was a huge step on the road to success?
YAS! Good Times! Corporate still let our team have so much freedom to create almost whatever we wanted in the windows. We decided what went in and being in charge of the styling, make up, and hair sort of prepared me for what we do now. It would be so amazing to one day roll out The Blonds’ fragrance with a full launch at Macy’s Herald Square!
Whats your view on everyone missing “the old New York”?
We’re very inspired by the late 70s/early 80s period in fashion, but instead of wasting time missing “old New York” we’re creating “The Blonds New York”. Bette Midler (who is the most DIVINE person we have ever had the privilege to meet, (and she can actually back that up!)) attended our last show and actually said that it made her feel like old school downtown New York. So coming from a legend that pretty much seals the deal for us.
If you could bring one designer back to life and have dinner with them who would it be and why?
Too many to name. Adrian, Schiaparelli, and Eiko Ishioka to have dinner with and a young Halston and YSL to go out dancing!
Musical geniuses seem to love your designs. What music inspires you and what do you think the most epic music of all time is?
That is a very good and tough question to answer. We love music in general from Beyonce to Basie and Mclaren to Madonna with a little Beethoven. It’s hard to find a genre we don’t like for one reason or another. Like a film, we have music playing at all times. There is a soundtrack for every moment in our life and it’s the core of our inspiration.