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story by Sia-Alika Battle
photos by Ned and Aya Rosen
web editor Rachel Reneé
For The Blonds, Fall 2012 is the season of the donor cycle. David Blond’s father is a motorcycle enthusiast, so the designers took that inspiration to create their first collection that includes designs specifically for men. The Blonds bring their signature va-va-vroom to menswear with leather jackets encrusted with jewels and trimmed in fur. The Blonds listened to their clients and created a line that gives the same rush as riding a bike on the open road. The menswear features “the richness of the layering of different cultures” with pieces in gold and silver graphic prints with a tribal re-imagining of chains and spikes.
For the women, a disco-ready jumpsuit is paired with a cape to inspire the inner superwoman. The corset is queen in all The Blonds collections, and Fall 2012 features iterations in black leather and red leather with spikes and studs in all the right places. The crystal corsets in red, blue and gunmetal are wearable art that transcend fashion. These pieces were inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum the inner glow of geodes sparking the designers’ process. The Blonds continue their dominance of the corset and enthusiasm for all things bling.