Toni Maticevski Fall 2009
Where & When: Monday, February 16th at 5 p.m., the Altman Building
Runway Recap: While waiting for Australia-based Maticevski's show to start, I read his program notes, which said, basically, that he can't pinpoint the collection's inspiration; he creates with the intent to stir emotion. Not only is that a refreshingly frank notion, but it reflects the purity with which he designs--Maticevski is a couture designer, and while, yes, he still has a business to run, he must truly inspire his clients to buy his designs. And after seeing his show today, I can't imagine how you could not be inspired. At times ladylike, at times tarty, Maticevski played with sequined lace, silk fringe, hand-painted silk organza, and some of the most gorgeous beading I've ever seen. It wasn't about silhouette or color or what will sell; it was a fashion fantasy of epic proportions.
Standout Look: The ethereal silk organza dresses at the beginning of the show were like a dream and the sequined, beaded dresses were truly attention-getting, but my true favorite was this dress, which came as part of the tribal portion toward the end. The fluttery bodice was silk lace with sequins and beading, and the skirt was feathers, and it was truly, truly stunning.
Bonus Points: Patricia Field and Carson Kressley were in the audience, as was Solange Knowles and It Girl Poppy Delvigne.
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