I got a whole lotta butt crack in my face last night at The Blonds show, and that wasn’t even the most memorable part. In an effort to one-up the spectacle that the duo always deliver (take Betsey Johnson’s show; add speed), Amanda Lepore donned a red mesh dress that gave new meaning to the word cheeky. It also made sitting behind her a less than boring pre-show experience.
But, of course, she was outdone. After all, this is the duo that dresses Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Adam Lambert, among others. The Blonds do costumes, not clothes, and accordingly, they always find a way to showcase their creations in more of a performance than a presentation. After a short film of (what else?) decadence and partying set to a house music soundtrack, two Chinese dragons bounded down the runway to start the show. They nuzzled up to the front row, close enough to get between and their Blackberrys as they tweeted. Eve, Keri Hilson, Anna dello Russo, a smattering of ANTM judges-- none seemed to mind.
In keeping with the Chinese dragon opener, everything that followed was Orient inspired: a yin-yang sequin dress, a corset stabbed with giant chopsticks, and a rainbow of kimono-like gowns with spiky corset cinchers. Some designers need show notes to clarify their seasonal inspiration, but here, it was thumping as loud as the soundtrack.
Anna dello Russo was the only noticeable editrix in the audience, but that makes sense. This is one collection you won’t find on the “Buy Now For Fall!” glossy pages, or on Net-a-Porter, or the racks at Barneys. But that new Lady Gaga song, which inevitably will need a music video? Yah, maybe there.
**All photos: IMAXTREE