Disney villains provide inspiration at
New York fashion show
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[September 10, 2018]
By Chris Michaud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - No one wants to be a
fashion victim, but fashion villains owned the runway on Friday as
designers The Blonds served up spicy and spiky styles with a show
inspired by Disney's vamps and vixens.
The "Disney Villains x The Blonds" fashion show electrified a wildly
cheering audience that stood in marked contrast to the usual sangfroid
reserve that typically prevails at New York's semi-annual Fashion Week.
Similarly, models channeling the likes of "Snow White"'s Evil Queen,
"The Little Mermaid"'s Ursula, "101 Dalmatians Cruella de Vil and
"Sleeping Beauty"'s Maleficent strutted, sashayed, vogued and even
break-danced their way down the runway.
A giant screen showed clips from the classic Disney films which inspired
the dazzling looks in a presentation of fashion-as-theater that held its
own against the most lavish Disney spectacle.
"We always loved the vixen, the femme fatale, and all the villains have
these qualities," David Blond told Reuters of the inspiration for the
collection he envisioned along with partner Phillipe Blond.
"They're the coolest characters, they're always the standout," he added.
"They have the best personality -- it's always something that's
interesting and unusual."
Interesting and unusual the show inarguably was, featuring the sort of
over-the-top, avant-garde looks more associated with runway shows in
Paris than New York.
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A model presents a creation from The Blonds Spring/Summer 2019
collection during New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough of
New York City, U.S., September 7, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
Fabrics included leather, rubber and latex rendered almost
exclusively in black or red. What wasn't any of those was mostly
metallic, with endless sequins, beading, crystals and mesh.
Boxy, spike-bedecked flight jackets topped sequined leggings, while
a zaftig model channeling Ursula was decked out in black and purple
feathers, calling to mind the late drag queen Divine.
Models wore spike-heeled thigh-high latex boots, sculpted bustiers
and corsets, while one cradled the unusual runway accessory of a
Despite the seemingly less-than-wearable nature of most of the
looks, The Blonds' creations managed to stay on trend, with wide
shouldered, waist-length jackets recalling the 1980s-era power suits
that experts see making a comeback.
"It works with our brand DNA so well," said David Blond. "It was so
seamless." The designers have created looks for a host of performers
known for their offbeat style, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and
(Additional reporting by Tara Cleary)
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