The Blonds F/W 17

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On February 14th, designers Phillipe and David Blond presented their dazzling Fall/Winter 2017 collection. The show took place at Skylight Clarkson Square and it was inspired by the upcoming NBC Universal film, The Mummy. This time around, The Blonds partnered with Preciosa Crystal Components and created a one-of-a-kind collection that counted with voluminous fabrics in order to create new shapes and bring fantasy to life.

It is known that The Blonds have been influenced by both classic cinema and imaginative films of the modern era, making it a no-brainer for this collection to present The Mummy’s theme of duality- fantasy versus reality and power versus purity. All the looks went down the runway in pairs in order to portray the theme of duality. One girl was the manifestation of a pure and elevated fantasy, while the other was her twin, a wearable, real-world embodiment of the powerful woman who walks among us.

The collection featured seventeen extravagant looks that incorporated Preciosa crystals along with the signature silhouettes and corset from The Blonds. Their vision appears with each piece, the final look, donned by Phillip Blond which personified the theme of The Mummy was a complete crystal embellishment. Prior to the show, our style editor had a chance to talk to the reps from Preciosa Crystal Components, where they talked about their collaboration with The Blonds.

How did you connect with the Blonds?
We were looking for creative designers that use crystals in their designs, and we immediately knew they were the best choice. They use crystals in every show, they love the sparkle and they were able to incorporate many of our products in their clothing.

How easy is to incorporate crystals into one’s wardrobe?
You can practically glue or sewn them on your clothes, at the end of the day it all depends on how you want to use them. In the case of the Blonds, they incorporated the crystals into feathers, lace, and jeans so they combined everything together and got the perfect results. People can also visit our online retailers to get guidance or to order a customized piece.

Can you give us a quick background on the company?
The company started in the Czech Republic at the heart of Europe. This is the place where the use of crystals was born and where glassmaking is part of the culture. We have been on the market for over 70 years since the company started in 1948, but we have over six centuries of tradition since it is something so symbolic to the country.

How often does your collection change?
Every season we bring new colors and shapes and we are always looking for trends and designers who we can work with. We offer our customers all the colors that will be on trend.

About Preciosa Crystal Components
Preciosa Crystal specializes in the age-old craft of Bohemian crystal cutting and incorporating it into fashion and jewelry design. The company is best known for its superior, lead-free MAXIMA and precision-cut crystals, in addition to its broad range of beads and nacre pearls

The Blonds used more than 30,000 stones in the FW2017 collection worth over $15,000 They incorporated cushion-cut crystals into the collection which are similar to a diamond cut reminiscent of the art deco aesthetic.