It will be the sexiest night in the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s history when burlesque queen Dita Von Teese struts down the runway for Wheels and Dollbaby.
Von Teese will make her Australian runway debut for the acclaimed WA label at the Festival’s closing night on September 20.
Having walked for couture designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Zac Posen in Paris and New York, Von Teese said she was excited to grace the Perth catwalk for the first time.
“I’ve always been a fan of the Wheels and Dollbaby brand aesthetic and I’m really looking forward to being a part of what I know will be a glamorous show,” Von Teese said.
“I have so many close friends in Perth and they are always speaking so highly of it, so I’m looking forward to spending time there.”
After Wheels and Doll8baby’s extravagant 25th anniversary show at His Majesty’s Theatre in 2011, which featured WA supermodel Nicole Trunfio, designer Melanie Greensmith said she wanted to return this year with something extra special.
“I thought it would make one hell of a sexy night for Perth to have my friend Dita walk down the catwalk wearing Wheels and Dollbaby, in the place where everything started for my brand” Greensmith said.
“We’re going to bring the biggest runway party Perth has ever seen to the Festival,”
Friends for over a decade, Greensmith and Von Teese have previously collaborated on designs for the label including the highly-sought after Wheels and Dollbaby ‘Dita’ cardigan – an international collector’s item and a sell out piece every time it is released.
Telstra Perth Fashion Festival director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan said Von Teese’s appearance would not only showcase the quality and potential of the event but could also help lift its international profile.
“I am excited beyond words to have Wheels and Dollbaby back on the TPFF runway,” Harvey-Hanrahan said.
“I couldn’t imagine a better way to wrap up this year’s Festival than having international glamour girl Dita von Teese make her Australian runway debut walking for one of the Nation’s most iconic labels, Wheels and Dollbaby.
“For the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival to attract someone with the international profile of Dita Von Teese not only speaks volumes about the quality and potential of the event, it will help raise its profile and that of WA.”
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Now, the resort in Tucson is taking a turn toward tassels.
For five days this summer, (June 8 to 12), the burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese will lead sultry sessions on empowerment—that may involve taking off one’s clothes.
“We’ve never done anything like this before,” said Sheryl Press, Canyon Ranch’s director of public relations and the co-creator of Sensuality and the Art of the Tease. “I’m confident it will be a huge success.”
The agenda will include activities like a FitStrip class, complete with tips on how to remove a garter and gloves, along with mastering the “Burlesque Strut”— “a classic confident walk,” said Ms. Von Teese.
Ms. Von Teese will be in charge, but she insists the attention won’t be on her.
“It really has nothing to do with my performance,” she said, “but more to do with sharing where my motivations and confidence come from, and trying to explain what it is about burlesque that’s become such a uniquely modern feminist movement.”
Along with a beauty workshop, where Ms. Von Teese will demonstrate her own make-up application routine like applying long lashes, participants will also hear a lecture on the history of American burlesque.
“I think it’s important to show people that burlesque in the ‘30s and ‘40s was geared toward men and there was more pomp and circumstance,” she said. “Now, it’s decidedly for females. When I step out on stage, 80 percent of the ticket holders are women. [These classes] will show them how to use the knowledge of modern burlesque in their real lives with confidence and for fun.”
A five-night stay at Canyon Ranch costs $5,460 a person, based on double occupancy. It includes accommodation, meals, airport transfers, $670 worth of spa treatments or medical appointments, gratuities and unlimited classes.
The Starwood property opens with a world tour involving burlesque performances designed by Dita Von Teese.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts officially opened W Beijing Chang’an with a Rock The Empire Global Tour.
W Beijing Chang’an is the 45th W property worldwide and the second in mainland China after W Guangzhou.
The tour started in W New York Downtown and spanned the globe, making appearances at several other W properties such as W London Leicester Square and W Hong Kong. The centrepiece for the tour is a golden life-sized birdcage, which is a popular lifestyle symbol in Beijing and is regularly reimagined by modern artists and designers. It combines a Ming vase shape with glossy Chinese landscape patterns.
In Singapore, it was held at W hotel’s Woobar, which saw a carbaret show performed by Medianoche, a burlesque performer handpicked by Dita Von Teese, and was attended by more than 250 guests. It recreated a Beijing experience by serving W Beijing’s signature cocktails and cuisine.
The tour will end in a grand finale at the premiere of W Beijing Chang’an on 16 April 2015. It will feature a haute couture performance by Dita Von Teese.