The Blonds kicked off NYFW with a lavish party showcasing a retrospective of their work, with their latest collaboration with Rootstein Mannequins.

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By Joshua Langston
Photos by Joshua Langston

Leading up to NYFW we had told you about The Blonds newest, history making collaboration with Rootstein Mannequins. The collaboration, which was years in the making, marked the iconic mannequin makers first time sculpting a mannequin of a male and female from the same individual, Phillipe Blond.
IMG_7284Above: 2 looks from the FW14 collection
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“In partnering with The Blonds, Rootstein continues its legacy of embracing individuality that captures, reflects and communicates the brilliant transience of fashion at its most beautiful and thrilling.The figures wield a power of their own.” – Representatives from Rootstein

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“The whole process is surreal and magical, like a dream. It is such honor to join the ranks of so many inspiring icons that have been sculpted for mannequins by Rootstein. Their heritage is groundbreaking and their craftsmanship is incomparable and I can’t wait to see what window dressers around the world will dress my mannequin in!” – Phillipe Blond
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The night before the official kick off to NYFW, The Blonds hosted an event for media, VIP’s and tastemakers to preview the collaboration before it opened to the public. The Rootstein showroom was completely transformed for the evening. The main windows had a metalic textured wall with mannequins outfitted along a runway. Inside there were rows of male mannequins by the entrance in black shorts and BOND hardware neck cuffs (NEED), another collaborator with The Blonds.
IMG_7225IMG_7222IMG_7210IMG_7211Above: Look was worn by Britney Spears on her circus album from the SS09 collection.

Mannequins were carefully flanked around the room, with large inflated rubber balls scattered amongst the room. The lighting from above allowed the light to reflect and refract, which increased the sheen off of the crystal Preciosa elements, and Swarovski crystals they use in their collections.
IMG_7215The mannequins were dressed in several iconic looks from The Blonds archives of runway looks, as well as some of their favourite celebrity worn looks. Walking around the room and getting to really see the finer details was remarkable, especially while sipping the nights signature cocktail, The Blondtini [Absolute Vodka, St. Germain, pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, elderflower and rose petal].
IMG_7251 IMG_7250 IMG_7249 IMG_7248 IMG_7247 Above: Details from a jacket from the FW14 collectionIMG_7244 IMG_7239 IMG_7237Above: The “Tweety bird” look from the SS14 collection worn by Britney Spears on the album art for the single “Work Bitch”
IMG_7228Above: Look worn by Beyonce on the album art for her “4” album from the FW11 collection.
IMG_7231Above: Selfie Time with Phillipe, Phillipe and Phillipe.

The exhibition will remain for the remainder of September at the Rootstein Showroom in New York City (205 West 19th Street)

IMG_7302I’m wearing a shirt by Walters’s Son (Enter in “JOSHUA” for 15% off all orders at www.walters-son.com)

Thank you The Blonds for hosting me at your event, it’s always a pleasure to not only attend your shows, but to see your work up close. The Blonds will be showing at Milk Studios on September 16th at 9pm.

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