THE BLONDS F/W 2018: BACKSTAGE

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The Blonds show what is arguably one of the most fun and innovative collections each NY Fashion Week. Season after season, no one else produces such over the top amazing looks, that find a home on red carpets and concert stages around the world.

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Preciosa crystals were also featured, along with bondage belts and accessories form new collaborator CreepyYeha.

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This season’s phenomenal nail look from longtime Blonds collaborators CND was inspired by the theme of good vs evil, and “Lucifer as a powerful woman”. Frescos, Red spikes, and studs made frequent appearances, in both the nail art and clothing.

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The outstanding nails featured crystals, spikes, flames, crocodile print, heavenly frescos, CND Shellac Gel Polish, and suede.

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“The whole story starts with Lucifer as a female. A strong powerful female, burning in the fire, finding the melted, molten marble, protecting herself with armor, and finding her spikes and her crystals”

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The complete show’s worth of nails took the CND team over 400 hours to complete!

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Sky high hair do’s by ORIBE topped off models’ looks:
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While longtime Blonds collaborator Kabuku once again provided a bold makeup look for the show:

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Kabuki finishing Daphne Guinness’ makeup.

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Daphne’s body suit, by The Blonds.

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The accessories are always just as fun as the clothes.

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Daphne Guinness, who performed during the show.

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The finished nail look:

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Lil Kim backstage after the show:
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Model Iskra Lawrence:
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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2018 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

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SNEAK PEEK: FALL/WINTER 2016 NYFW – DAY SEVEN

Naeem Khan:
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DKNY:
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The Blonds:
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All Photos and Content ®2016 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

SNEAK PEEK: FALL/WINTER 2014– NYFW DAY EIGHT

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The Blonds F/W 2012

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One of my very favorite shows each nyfw is The Blonds. Even shooting dozens of shows a season, one rarely gets a change to see such truly amazing pieces of wearable art on the runway, and such a magnificent spectacle at a fashion show.

As highly glamorous as the clothes may be, the entire production — hair, nails, and makeup, at a Blonds show is mind-blowingly haute.

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Bumble and Bumble’s Laurent Philippon created a “helmet hair” look for this season’s biker chic themed show.

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Each model wore a motorcycle helmet with long, thick, horse tail-esque ponies attached to the back.
To get the look, the synthetic hair was steamed using a garment steamer.

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Hair was then sharply chopped, to create a blunt ponytail. (Under the helmets, only Bumble and Bumble gel was used to wrap the models’ hair close to their heads.)

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CND’s Kristina Estabrooks, who creates hands down the most intense nail art I’ve ever seen time and time again for The Blonds, designed the nails used for this season’s show. Materials used included leather and glass!

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CND Super Shiny was used to seal the edges of nails.

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Each outfit inspired a different set of nail tips.

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The full product list, and instructions to get the look can be found here.

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Lil Kim made a surprise appearance right before the show began:
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All Photos and Content ®2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

Sneak Peek: NYFW S/S 2012 DAY EIGHT

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®Photos ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost and Maureen Kaveney

The Blonds Fall/Winter 2011

The Blonds Fall 2011 show definitely earned a place on my short list of “most memorable” shows of the season. I went in knowing to expect glitz and glamour, and even a few hijinks. By night’s end, the show, at Milk Studios, had met my expectations, and more.

After a short video intro, the show began with the appearance of two Chinese dragons hopping down the runway.
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The two dragons “fought”, danced, and playfully pawed at the audience in the front row.
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Celebrities like EVE, Aubrey O’Day, Miss J, and Jay Manuel, and Amanda Lepore laughed as the dragons entertained them.
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And then, the models appeared:
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The great thing about The Blonds is that while most of us probably will never wear anything like the amazing, theatrical costume-esque creations they send down the runway, once you see them in person, the desire is there. If I became a pop star tomorrow, would I want The Blonds to dress me? Definitely. All one needs is an incredibly special occasion to imagine themselves wearing such sparkling, imaginative clothing.

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This show is fantasy dressing at it’s finest.
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The Asian influenced collection referenced the theme in multiple ways, including chop sticks, fortune cookies, geisha girls, goddess statues, and of course, dragons. Every detail from the nail art, to the makeup, down to the impossibly bright, glittery shoes added to the look.

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One of my favorites.

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