Here's some fashion real talk: I get angry whenever I arrive at a show and see a runway situation that I just know, as a real woman who sometimes wears heels but almost always walks, will be difficult for a model to navigate. Like, borderline resentful — even though I will not have to walk on that runway.
Walking into Toni Maticevski's Resort 2017 show in Sydney on Sunday night, I was taken by two things: The really cool atmosphere (Barangaroo Headland Park), and the very shiny, very slick-looking runway. With stairs. And the models were wearing sky-high, spindly platform heels. That's like the runway hell trifecta: It's not a question of if a model will fall, but when.
We actually made it pretty far into the show before a model fell, and as her back was facing me, all I could think was, "How awful for her!" But seeing the photos post-show, all I can say is: Someone get William West of Getty Images a Pulitzer Prize. Perhaps it's the jet lag, but you really experience a whirlwind of emotions just looking at the photos.
And truthfully, the clothes look even prettier on the model as she falls. The ruffles flutter up past the off-the-shoulder detail, and the flaps of the pencil skirt wrap around the legs mid-tumble. It's all very effective, almost as though Maticevski designed the clothes with a beautiful klutz in mind.
Best of all, the model took it all in stride. Look at that smile! All's well that ends well — but seriously guys, can we please not make models walk on these tricky-ass runways anymore?
Disclosure: IMG provided my travel and accommodations to cover Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.