NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 – Marchesa and The Blonds

September 17th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As we near the end of one fashion week and gird our loins for another, let’s contemplate the variety of style offered to us in just one day.  On one end you have Marchesa, perennial red carpet favorite and purveyor of throwback glamour, and on the other hand you have The Blonds, Amanda Lepore favorite and architects of themed corsets, nail art and accessories beyond imagination.   This season, Marchesa presented some beautiful gowns fresh from a film noir festival where The Blonds referenced Ancient Egypt with ponytail headpieces and scarab jewelry.   Overall, though, these are two rather restrained collections, which is especially surprising coming from The Blonds, who have achieved such glorious excess in past shows.

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NYFW Fall 2015 – The Blonds and Thom Browne

February 19th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New York Fashion Week is full of predictability, subtle variations on the themes of pretty dresses and Americana via sportswear, but a few labels manage to cut through all of that uniformity with some stellar, out-of-this-world looks.   The Blonds have a reputation for over the top shows and this season was no disappointment – from the cartoon personalities in the front row like Amanda Lepore, the insane nail art that took over 900 hours to construct, and of course what they’re known for best, their gorgeously opulent corsets.  The yin to the yang of The Blonds is Thom Browne, dark and eccentric, this season was set around a funereal.  Black on black on black with mourning veils, coats and purses with whales on them, Thom Browne’s uniqueness is more subtle but no less fabulous.

The Blonds Fall 2015

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Thom Browne Fall 2015

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NYFW Spring 2015 – Queens and Roadkill on the Runway

September 11th, 2014|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As we thankfully come to the end of another pastel, bejeweled, flowly, girlish New York Fashion Week, the gays are finally allowed to come in and fix all this gender normative bullcrap and bring in some much needed levity. These three labels are full of unexpected inspirations, pulling from everything as diverse as Shrek, Catholicism, and the gay rights movement into an array of pieces that vary from the sublime to the ridiculous. True trend makers know that you can’t be stylistically supreme without taking risks.

Betsey Johnson Spring 2015
Who knew that at age 71, Betsey Johnson, the NYC punk princess, would be making a name for herself in the bridal industry – her 50’s influenced shoe designs have become big sellers for brides to be. Of course, the place that she took this new market was into a fun, inspiring collection that celebrated the slow trumpih of gay marriage rights in the US. Sending models that land everywhere on the gender and sexuality spectrums, she showed gay marriage the way it should be seen – as a fun, love-filled subversion of the innately campy traditions involved in a wedding. These models included housewives, drag queens and transgender top models such as William Belli, Camille Grammer, Kristen Taekman, Isis King, Cynthia Bailey and Sharon Needles. Amoungst the candy coloured tulle and big jewelry (including necklaces that spelled out the show’s theme “PRENUP” and big faux diamonds and wedding bells on rings) were some beautiful, wearable pieces, both butch and femme. Betsey Johnson has proved that she is still relevant and in touch with what’s happening in the younger markets today during a season where her peers were showing that they’ve lost sight of innovation and change.

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The Blonds Spring 2015
The front row of any Blonds show is as much a fashion parade as the catwalk itself. Looking like a throwback to the era of the club kids, the coolest, weirdest, most amazing freaks, weirdos and cartoons-made-real like Amanda Lepore and Carmen Electra showed up to see the label that’s made itself known for its gloriously over the top corsets. Mixing I Dream of Jeannie with cholas produced some looks that may be too tacky as a whole, but when you look closely at the details you see that this is a collection that brings fantasies to life. A dripping candle corset is something that I never knew I wanted until I saw it realized and now I am obsessed with it.

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Jeremy Scott Spring 2015
This is a designer who has sparks of innovation but has, after a few seasons, settled into what people are expecting from him and producing variations on the same theme – kids culture made into couture. Where before he’s done Bart Simpson, now he does Shrek. Where before he made big graphic tops mixed with crazy print bottoms, he does again here. Though I think the biggest insult to fashion watchers over the age of 25 is the fact that craft store pompoms and raver candy necklaces where “made” by Miley Cyrus, looking like something made in a prison art therapy class. I’m not going to go into my rant about how V Magazine gave Miley Cyrus an art exhibit for this chicanery, because I don’t have the energy but anyways, have fun finding a way to popularize and monetize your work, art school kids! Anyways, all that being said, that Jack-o-Latern sweater is fucking awesome and I want it.

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