Melbourne 100% Happy with the Teese
Dita Von Teese’s first and only show for the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s third day was a perfect instance of preaching to the converted, and consequently very well received.
With the sides of the runway flanked by mostly women lookalikes, fans and admirers of the pin-up style, Von Teese appeared in front of a facade with the logo of ‘Von Follies’ for Target projected above her. She opened the show with a provocative strut and a swing of her hips to the Big Band music that served as the show’s soundtrack.
Wearing one of her own designs, Von Teese showcased her collection on her famous hourglass figure. Wearing a full cup black brassiere with a vintage back clasp and sheer black mesh full briefs adorned with silver sparkling embellishments, Von Teese did not disappoint.
Over the top of this she wore a translucent and tailored dressing gown of sorts, which she playfully started to remove half way down the runway. Seductively, she removed her wrappings at the end of the runway and reminded the audience why she was the biggest thing in burlesque since Gypsy Lee Rose. With perfectly painted red lips and flawless snow-white skin and a well-endowed figure, Von Teese contrasts significantly from the usual fake tanned fashion fiends.
Her ‘Von Follies’ show met all the criteria for a conscientious fashion show marketing itself at women of all ages, backgrounds and sizes. Well-proportioned models of varying ethnicities were chosen to display the garments. All fuller figured models received the same welcoming reception as Von Teese. This was a refreshing change and better suited the style of lingerie than some of their smaller counterparts.
All models wore Louboutin shoes and select models also sported Von Teese’s collection of stockings for Secrets in Lace, giving them all a very refined appearance. No model struck an obnoxious pose, leaving the garments to be regarded and scruitinised by the audience.
The ‘Von Follies’ collection is very much an ode to nylon and synthetic fabrics, modeled closely on post-war undergarment fashions and Von Teese’s own vintage pieces.
The collection features a variety of balconette and over wire bras, high waisted, bikini and full briefs, corsets, chemises and suspender belts. The collection seeks to revive the days of lingerie pieces that flattered the female form and also imbued a sense of elegance and sophistication.
Eyelash lace, satin fabrics and nylon mesh are all utilised in a way that creates interesting pieces that would be difficult to find elsewhere. Contrasting bold colours with black lace, fishnet mesh and embroidery were a common theme. Similarly, the collection also featured multiple items that featured both opaque and sheer panels. Soft, feminine colours were also used in satins and soft fabrics. Animal print patterns such as tiger stripes and leopard print also featured prominently.
The collection aims to be suitable for women of most sizes, yet petite women will find it difficult to fit into a full set. ‘Von Follies’ collection goes up to an E cup, so similarly, buxom women will also have difficulty here. Whether their glamorous appearance on the runway will translate well to a dingy Target changing room is for you to decide.
The price of this collection ranges from $17 to $150.
Her ‘Von Follies’ collection is exclusively for Target Australia and adds to the largely successful Designers for Target program. Only select Target stores will stock the full collection, which is also available for purchase online.
A high-end range of lingerie by Von Teese is soon to follow.