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The Blonds wrap up NY Fashion Week with cabaret club show

The designers celebrated the return of in-person shows with a live catwalk presentation, serving up an escapist vision of shimmer and sparkle

Paris Hilton presented a creation from The Blonds Spring/Summer 2022 collection during New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough. (REUTERS)

Designers The Blonds celebrated the return of in-person shows at New York Fashion Week with a live catwalk presentation in a cabaret club, serving up an escapist vision of shimmer and sparkle.

Featuring performances from singer Bodine and R&B duo Lion Babe, the night's show wrapped up a week of largely in-person fashion week events following two seasons held virtually due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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American socialite Paris Hilton took the catwalk at the Times Square Edition hotel's Paradise Club in a short purple sparkly dress.

The latest collection featured plenty of metallics and shimmering trouser suits, strapless frocks and shiny corsets.

"The inspiration for this season was the idea of where the future of fashion is going, the future of entertainment, the future of travel," creative director David Blond told Reuters.

"Obviously, we work in a luxury space, so we really wanted to show our clients a form of escape and something to have fun with. At the end of the day, we're all excited to be back in live form and so we wanted to do something celebratory."

Christian Siriano helped kicked off New York Fashion Week's first big pandemic round of in-person shows, with a flurry of neon and lace inspired in part by all the Italian women in his life, reported AP.

His crowd pared down to 300 from his usual 800 guests due to the pandemic, Siriano told The Associated Press he wanted to bring the glamour in today's dark times. He harkened back in some looks to old photographs of his paternal grandmother on vacation in Positano on Italy's Amalfi Coast during the 1960s and '70s. He put vintage sunglasses on some of his models as they strutted in bright yellows, sunset oranges and emerald green gowns and dresses with huge ruffles for sleeves and bulbous skirts.

New York now hands over the fashion baton to London, which opens its fashion week leg of the spring-summer 2022 season on Friday.

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