Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia: Betty Tran Runway Show

Everyone has wrapped up coverage of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia which ended 16 Apr and I’m still hanging in there….I’m one person covering the shows and I don’t mind taking my time going over some of the shows…there was really too much beauty to crank it out and plus there’s things like traveling back home, etc.  However getting to this show is really something I couldn’t wait to talk about.  I was in LOVE with it the moment it started.  The models WALKED the runway like it was always meant to be walked.  Slow.  Strategically.  Purposefully.  Aware.  They walked with attention to detail calling my attention to every detail of the design.  The flounce of the cape or collar….the curve of the textile; as the textile was also walking down the runway.  This is what couture is about….garments walking as one with the model….textiles living and breathing revealing the time and thought put into each piece.  It’s a show not to be missed.

The Walk.
The Walk.

When a peplum speaks…what does it say?  Does it speak of its heritage….originating back from ancient times…or does it speak in aerodynamics?  Does it talk about the way the air moves across its surface?  Does it talk about the play that gravity, motion, and friction has upon it as it flounces, swishes, and pauses as it moves along towards the end of the runway and the waiting pit of photographers?

The walk.  The model.  The gown.
The walk. The model. The gown.
The walk.  The cute shorts with embellished sheer top in gold.  Lovely pant version with cape in silver/gray exiting.
The walk. The cute shorts with embellished sheer top in gold. Lovely pant version with cape in silver/gray exiting.
Lovely ruffles and black sequins.
Lovely ruffles and black sequins.
The top.  One shoulder.  The flounce on the shoulder sets it off beautifully.
The top. One shoulder. The flounce on the shoulder sets it off beautifully.
The model.  The pit.  The gown.  The look.  These models spoke volumes when they reached the end of the runway....stunning.
The model. The pit. The gown. The look. These models spoke volumes when they reached the end of the runway….stunning.
Capes......One thing I saw over and over again was that Australian designers can do a beautiful cape....the variants worn on the runway and off by attendees there was staggering....I wonder if the cape will make a big comeback in the States?  Hmmm....it remains to be seen....
Capes……One thing I saw over and over again was that Australian designers can do a beautiful cape….the variants worn on the runway and off by attendees there was staggering….I wonder if the cape will make a big comeback in the States? Hmmm….it remains to be seen….I hope so….
The finale piece.  Staggering and dreamy....
The finale piece. Staggering and dreamy….

In red.  In black.  In crisp white and lovely off-white.  In gray.  Betty Tran’s designs were phenomenal, but for me the designs were made by the models and their walks, turns, etc.  I thought whoever planned or coordinated this show was brilliant.  Standing shoulder to shoulder in the pit with the rest of the photographers….there was nothing but the focused clicks of the shutters and the occasional sigh of happiness observing the beauty that unfolded.  Of course this is just my interpretation.  My view, as can be seen, was a bit obscured, BUT that didn’t stop me from taking my shots anyway.  It turned out some of my best Gallery Pics…..

Queen Mab of Faery.
Queen Mab of Faery.

Queen Mab, introduced in another post, came to me in a beautiful gown when I worked this image.

The Coming of Twilight.
The Coming of Twilight.

Her images were inclined to take me on a journey into the zone…..as in Twilight Zone.  They were very 60’s and very thriller.  I couldn’t help but fall into the zone of writing…and there is a story here to be told in the stills…..to be continued..

The Exit.
The Exit.

The look of classic fashion.  The turn.  The Exit.  This image ‘The Exit’ is very Chanel in its vibe.  Just the level of detail and attention is staggering….look at the way the fabric drapes in the fishtail.  Look at the sleeve….that shows such volume and negative space in a beautiful way.

La femme.
La femme.

La Femme was an amazing shot.  I loved discovering it.  It’s simply the tale of a woman leaving the room.  Never to be forgotten….her gown exits last.

Nike en Repose.
Nike en Repose.

….and then finally…..this one is titled….’Nike en Repose’.  I LOVE this image.  If I could….this is likely the image I’d give to Betty Tran if she was interested in seeing the hidden realm behind her designs as seen by one photographer, LaDonna J. Davis.  Who knows…..if she reads this post….if she loves what she has seen….and if she contacts me…then perhaps one of my images may hang in the studio or atelier of designer Betty Tran.  I think it would be fitting as her show was very feminine and opened with words about feminism and strength and success.  Who better to represent success and victory, but the eternal Nike.

……these images, the Gallery Pics, will be available for sale in my Etsy shop and will be limited editions in case you’re interested…..until next time….Travel Spritely.

1958.
1958.

2 thoughts on “Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia: Betty Tran Runway Show

  1. a MOST enjoyable read! love your way of writing and your outlook.

    Looking forward to when we can coordinate schedules and discuss everything!

    1. Can’t wait to hear from you again! Thanks for the read. Hoping we can work things out to where we can collaborate.

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