It was Saturday, 7:30pm, as I set out, in my black Ojay lace overlay dress, and black patent heels to watch a much anticipated part of LMFF’s events – theVon Follies by Dita Von Teese for Target Australia show. I have been looking forward to this since it was announced that the gorgeous lady herself would be walking the runway.
Alas, the 7:44pm train was running late (what else is new?!) and, when I was on the train I was petrified that I won’t make it in time to see the show which was scheduled to start at 8:30pm. It was 8:25pm when I reached Southern Cross station. It would take me another 10 minutes just to walk over to Central Pier where the show was. I tweeted, “No thanks to freaking train i missed the Dita show! Melbourne public transport system sucks!!” as I was walking to the venue, not sure if I should turn back and go home or carry on in the hopes that I do get to see the show. Luckily for me, Sarah Wilcocks from Style Melbourne tweeted back: “@norlinm Dita show hasn’t started yet”. So in my heels, I ran – yes I ran, and boy did my feet hurt but it didn’t matter. I ran in a dress and in heels, just so I wouldn’t miss the much awaited event. Luckily for me, the show didn’t start until past 9pm – phew! And boy was it worth the wait!
It opened with Miss Dita herself walking down the runway – hang on, she didn’t walk – she put on a show! A striptease so tasteful you know now why she’s the queen of burlesque. Dita was wearing a vintage style over wire lingerie set. And yes, you can get your hands on a similar style here!
Then came the models, with whips, tops hats and hairstyle reminiscent of the ’40s rockabilly style in rolls on the front or the back. What I was most impressed with were not only the lingerie collection, but also the fact that we were graced with models from every shape, size and ethnicity! Reasonably so, because the Von Follies line is for every woman out there!
Dita Von Teese closed the show by gracing the runway with her presence again to a standing ovation from the audience – yes, me included. I have to admit, of all the events that I’ve attended for this year’s LMFF (yes, admittedly I didn’t attend that many), this has got to be one of the best ones, besides the National Graduate Showcase. It was well worth blisters on my feet to have been able to catch this spectacular event.
Especially for those of you who missed the show, here are the highlights of the event: