Toni Maticevski Spring 2010

Where & When: Sunday, September 13th at noon, the Altman Building
Runway Recap: Perhaps because he's based in Australia and doesn't have a strong retail presence here, Toni Maticevski tends to fly under the radar in the U.S. But considering how breathtakingly beautiful his runway looks are, I'm honestly surprised that more fashion-forward celebs don't choose his designs for the red carpet. His latest collection was a meditation on death and decay, but also of the life that springs forth from it. Asymmetrical ruffles extended like vines from tailored suits; puffs of tulle sprouted from the shoulders of frothy silk gowns. The textures were sometimes dark and sooty, but Maticevski cuts his gowns with such an exquisite regard for the female body, that beauty could always be found within. Certain details, like exaggerated half peplums and crinkled black dresses evocative of garbage bags, will not be for everyone. But anyone who can see the lightness in darkness is sure to be enchanted by Maticevski's ethereal designs.
Standout Look: Like a tutu that's been rolled around in the dirt, this layered tulle gown reminded me of the decaying beauty of Swan Lake, one of my favorite ballets.
Bonus Points: After dealing with the total chaos of the Bryant Park tents on Saturday, the Altman Building was positively mellow in comparison. And I am not one to argue with free Fiji Water.
Where to Buy: Click here for stockists.

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