Creating Community: How our Priceless partners The Blonds celebrated Pride month this year
Find out how the dynamic fashion duo and LGBTQIA+ champions Phillipe and David Blond are spending their time together in self-quarantine, and how they celebrated during Pride.
After designing extraordinary fashion collections and one-of-a-kind pieces for a star-studded cast of celebrities, including Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Miley Cyrus, The Blonds have become international sensations. With a rebellious style inspired by music, film, and art that relies on an eclectic mix of materials, embroidery, and, more often than not, sparkles, designer Phillipe Blond and creative director David Blond have captivated the entertainment and apparel industries since 2007. Like many of us, the LGBTQIA+ icons had to find inventive ways to celebrate Pride month in self-quarantine, since in-person celebrations with loved ones and LGBTQIA+ communities could not take place this year. But that didn't stop them from finding ways to celebrate and grow at home. We checked in with David and Philipe to take an exclusive look at how they've been spending their days together the past few months and their thoughts on current times, including what they did for Pride, what they're working on, and how they hope the world will emerge from the pandemic.
How are you finding ways to celebrate Pride or participate in LGBTQIA+ activism during COVID-19?
To celebrate Pride this year we have been protesting, posting, petitioning, and donating in support of various organizations. For example, we worked with Lightbox Jewelry to campaign in support of the Hetrick Martin Institute, which provides important services to LGBTQIA+ youth. We also shed as much light as possible on the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of police brutality.
What’s the part of Pride that you miss most this year?
We did miss the physical celebration, but even with the pandemic it seemed the LGBTQIA+ community was more aligned and focused than ever before. We witnessed a cultural shift across all races and gender like never before and are looking forward to the future of Pride.
How have you found community when you can’t attend Pride events or see loved ones in person?
Technology has made this much easier to do, but there is no substitute for a hug. One silver lining in the pandemic is the return of gratitude and respect for the human connections we had. Hopefully we will come out of this enlightened and more empathetic to those around us.
How has the design and fashion community been adapting to life at home?
In terms of work, we have not stopped. We used this time as a much-needed creative reset, and hope to continue inspiring positivity with our future presentations.
How are you staying positive while staying at home? Any tips?
Our tips for quarantine would be to exercise, meditate, read, and listen to your favorite music. Also, limiting the news or social media to positive outlets and a need to know basis.
Have the events of the past few months inspired your work in any way? If so, how?
The events of the last few months have made us see our world in a completely different light and it will be interesting to see how that manifests within the design process. We feel strongly that it is more important than ever to continue to create meaningful statements and support movements for justice.
What advice do you have for anyone who is exploring their gender or personal expression for the first time while in quarantine?
There is a rich history within the LGBTQIA+ community, now is a great time to learn about it and understand why it exists and who started it all. Also, it's important to engage in an online community and find support, and understand that you are not alone. We would encourage anyone that is just coming out, to take this time as an opportunity to experiment and figure out who you're meant to be.
What is the first thing you want to do once life returns to a semblance of normal?
Eat pancakes at our favorite diner in the West Village LOL! On a serious note, we truly hope the new normal will include more inclusivity, empathy, peace, humanity, and justice for all.