Ruth Tarvydas: Sex, Love and Rock n Roll Fire Up Perth Fashion Festival

The old Gas Works building on Wellington Street, Perth, was blazing hot last night as Ruth Tarvydas unveiled her sexy new collection.

Perth Fashion Festival 2009

Ruth Tarvydas design

Madonna, the Eurythimics and other classic eighties artists pounded from the speakers to match the bright pinks, oranges and purples that peppered throughout the collection.

But rocking the house most were the stunning creations on each and every model. All of which provoked, shocked and awed the mesmerized VIP audience.

Tarvydas at Perth Fashion Festival 2009

Thigh-high slits, plunging low backlines, daring keyholes and shredded fabric were all flaunting skin from every direction rather loudly. As more than a few bare bottomed models would have felt the winter chill when a number of raunchy frocks featuring their ‘behinds’ rather than the usual décolletage featured.

Which in anyone else’s hands might have resulted in tasteless, tacky nudity. But in Tarvydas’s, it was rock chic sexiness.

Tarvydas design

Inspiration was clearly drawn from the 80s with sophisticated made-to-measure buns that were crimped and quiffed to Cyndi Lauper perfection.

The collection was also reminiscent of Tarvydas designs’ from the 90s, with wired-fabric features jutting out from the shoulder or encircling the hips. 

Ruth Tarvydas at Perth Fashion Festival 2009

But the design touches that Tarvydas is best known for today, dominated the collection. With the artistic use of crystals, light flowing fabrics and feminine silhouettes reminding the audience just why her designs dominate the evening-wear market. 

See for yourself here:

Ruth Tarvydas design

Ruth exemplified her edgy, envelope-pushing style as she walked onto the catwalk to take the final bow clothed in skintight leather pants and black patent PVC elbow length gloves. Exemplifying exactly why rock chic glamour is always on-trend.


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