Last night Dita Von Teese was amongst the guests helping Christian Louboutin celebrate the launch of his new retrospective at the British Museum but aside the real reason that she's in town is to promote the launch of her debut fragrance. Today she unveiled the frarance at Liberty and turned up sporting this statement Herve L. Leroux dress.
'Perfume is a tool for a woman to become every woman she ever wanted to be,' she told The Mirror. In Von Teese's case that woman embodies 'glamour, mystery and beauty'.
Her search for the perfect fragrance began after her boyfriend told her that she smelt like his mother. 'This really got me, because I really didn't want him to associate my smell with his mother, but on the other hand this perfume was perfect and iconic for me, it fit me perfectly and it was mysterious and unknown to everyone I met until that day,' she explained. 'I started hunting for other fragrances that could replace it and there were some which I really liked, but none of them felt like the real me and fit me. So, I decided to create my own scent and this was a dream come true.'
If there's anyone that who knows about lingerie, it's Dita von Teese. After all, the burlesque dancer spends most of her time in the most beautiful underwear so news that she's launching her own line of lingerie makes sense.
Named Von Follies, the collection includes velvet, ribbon and grosgrain detauls on vintage-inspired bras, high waisted pants and corselettes and encompases a wide size range with cups ranging from an A to an E. The line will be released in Australia first in February and then worldwide shortly after.
This year's event saw a one-night-only collaboration between with Marina Abramovic and Debbie Harry where guests including Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman were all made to wear white lab coats as they entered. Unlike the European Music Awards, there were lots of strong red carpet looks. Nicole Richie continued her flawless red carpet record in a lavender sheer floor length gown and Gwen Stefani and Dita von Teese LBDs were perfection.
Yesterday saw Christian Louboutin's 20th anniversary book, Christian Louboutin, finally arrive in stores and to celebrate, the brand revealed the first in a series of behind-the-scenes videos talking to the various contributors to the book.
The first installment focuses on Dita Von Teese. Since the pair decided to collaborate on her shows back in 2003, you'll be hard pressed to find an instance where the burlesque performer is not boosting Loboutin's red soles. "I think it's a really sexy thing when performing a strip tease to have that sexy flash of a red sole, which always matches my lips and my nails," she says in the short clip. "It's funny that in burlesque amongst other burlesque performers [wearing Louboutin] has become the standard."
Since the release of 'The September Issue' we've all been spoilt for choice in the fashion documentary stakes. Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and Fendi and Yves Saint Laurent are only a few names in the string of designers that have fronted their own one-off documentary and now Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy and Christian Louboutin are getting in on the action.
All three shoe designers are set to appear in, 'God Save My Shoes', allowing viewers to access the life of these designers in their ateliers. Set to debut during Paris Fashion Week in October and on French TV, stars like Fergie, Kelly Rowland and Dita Von Teese are all set to make cameos on the show.
When it comes down to it, I believe that the designers who are hiring the models, they deserve to pick whatever kind of models they want. At the last Jean Paul Gaultier show, he opened up the show with Beth Ditto in a dress that he made for her, and I think he's really great because he shows different kinds of women. He'll put me on the runway, and I have a different body shape, and I'm about two feet shorter than those girls ... I also love when ... I watch these girls who are built like racehorses that are over six feet tall coming out in shoes that make them even taller. It's an incredible effect, so I can't ever blame them for not putting real women in their shows all of the time. It's about fantasy and spectacle