A winner of Melbourne Fashion Festival’s new designer award 10 years ago, it seemed fitting that designer Toni Maticevski closed this year’s festival with a Red Carpet Runway featuring 50 gown solo show. His retrospective show featured a selection of couture pieces carefully selected from 2000 made-to-measure pieces in his archive, cleverly showing the evolution of his label.
The humble designer who has shown in Paris and New York, has more recently shifted his focus back to his home town of Melbourne, balancing his time between his bespoke private client service and his ready-to-wear collection.
The atmosphere was set from the opening with the mood set with theatrical, operatic battle style instrumentals, mixed with softer, more relaxed music. Models glided along the smoky runway with dead straight hair and a dramatic winged eyeliner.
The show began with a sea of black dresses with daring cutouts, sheer fabrics, feathered belts and embellished pumps. The show transcended into a display of white and cream cocktail dresses and gowns with stunning embellishments, layers of ruffles and feathers. Each pieces was just as beautiful from behind as it was from the front, perfectly showcasing his attention to detail.
For the finale, the models took to the runway with black butterflies covering their lips, which made for a dramatic spectacle.
I couldn’t imagine a better way to end fashion week. Maticevski’s show was a true performance, displaying the talent of one of Australia’s most amazing designers.
Images by Sabine Legrand for Couturing