We may still have nightmares to this day about the the creepy twins from The Shining, but to The Blonds, that doesn’t mean they aren’t perfect fodder for runway inspiration. In fact, the scarier the better seemed to be the mantra yesterday at their fall 2013 show, a scene far removed from the uptown elitism on other New York Fashion Week runways. At Milk Studios, Philippe and David Blond channeled classic horror movies like Psycho, The Birds, and, yes, The Shining to create a theatrical, over-the-top collection sure to blow away even the biggest Hitchcock buffs.
First things first: backstage, we were treated to an up-close view of the MAC makeup look created by lead makeup artist Kabuki. He was going for classic horror movie heroine, amped up about 20 notches. To get the dramatic, near-neon eye, he started with MAC Chromacake shadow in Basic Red in a cat-eye shape, accentuated by a swipe of MAC Fluidline liquid eyeliner in Blacktrack. On the lower lashline, he used MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon for a smoky look, while keeping the face clean and contoured.
All of the models sported huge blonde wigs, which hairstylist Nick Irwin said channeled “Marilyn Monroe on acid after having sex all night.” You know, that kind of look. To pump up the volume, he started with TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo, and then to set the look used TIGI Catwalk Sleek Mystique Look-Lock Hairspray.
The nails were a sight to behold. CND custom-made horror movie-themed tips for the show, including sets with iconic images of Jack Nicholson in The Shining and Janet Leigh in Psycho, others with dozens of Swarovski crystals, and some with dangling jewels or dangerous-looking crosses.
As for the runway, well, you really have to see it to believe it, but suffice it to say the looks included a coat covered in images of kitchen knives (gives a new meaning to the term “knife pleat”, amiright?), a white fur straightjacket, and a “blood”-soaked PVC raincoat.
Check out photos from the show below, as well closeup shots of the insane CND talons:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.