The Blonds' fashion show never fails to be a ray of joyful, sequin-filled sunshine in the midst of all the nervous tension of Fashion Week. You can always depend on lots of cleavage, drag queens, and a naked butt cheek or two showing up on The Blonds' runway, if not in their front row. So it seems quite natural that the label officially partnered with Playboy for their spring 2012 show, delving into the magazine's archives for design inspiration. We chatted with David Blond about The Girls Next Door, bunny tails, and more; you can also see a first look at their sketches in the slideshow.
Did you have a sneaky, awkward first encounter with Playboy, like most kids do?
The first time I saw a Playboy was at the barber shop with my grandfather. He'd take me to this old-time kind of place with those leather chairs and that spinning, striped pole out front, and we'd go get our hair cut. So they had magazines there, and I'd sneak over and hide the Playboy inside of a Reader's Digest, and then I'd look at all the ladies.
You've dressed the bunnies quite a few times, it seems.
We've been working with Playboy for the last three years. We always go out to party with them in Vegas when they unveil the Playmate of the Year, and we often dress the girls for the event.
What's the story with the Femlin, that little animated drawing?
She's this cute little drawing, like a little mini sex toy; she was invented by this illustrator named LeRoy Neiman. But from my perspective, she was this totally glamorous vixen who would run around wearing gloves and thigh-high boots. We got a lot of inspiration from her for the collection; we went through every Femlin sketch that was ever done.
Do you watch The Girls Next Door?
We love those girls, and Holly's worn several of our pieces. But that's part of the new Playboy, and what we're focusing on is the bombshells of the sixties and seventies, when the Playboy Club first opened and it was this huge glamorous event that people would dress up to go out to. There's so much history to this magazine and Hugh Hefner, and he's done so much for civil rights and for the women's movement.
Did you find anything unexpected in the Playboy archives?
Well, we got a copy of the Playboy Bunny Manual.
There's a manual?
Yeah, there's an actual manual. Our whole program is modeled on the Bunny Manual, but it'll be The Blonds' version.
What kind of stuff does the Bunny Manual have in it?
Well, it reads like a normal job manual, but it's got these great little glamorous tips. Like, "Your makeup must look amazing in any lighting," or "It's important to do your makeup to accentuate your own beauty, but don't use too much." Which is advice you could give to just about any woman.
Will you have any playmates modeling?
No, I don't think so. But we'll have some in attendance.
Any bunny tails on the clothes?
There will be elements of the actual costume in the show. The bunny head itself will be an element, too. But it'll definitely be our version of the bunny; like a future-esque bunny.