Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Before it arrived on the runway, Toni Maticevski’s collection seemed like it must have been rode hard, put away wet, run over by a few trucks, and salvaged out of a dumpster filled with paint, ink, and dirt. However, under the masterful eye of the couture-obsessed Australian designer, these worn and weathered materials came together in an artistic yet wearable way. Grungy ink-stained T-shirts grounded watercolor-tinted tulle skirts. Maticevski managed to capture the beauty in natural erosion with a silk blazer painted with layers of emerald, celery, slate and silver acrylics. He also displayed a deft hand at layering textures: tulle, satin, silk jersey, sequined chiffon, burnt leather, and metallic lamé came together seamlessly. At times the collection recalled both Galliano’s infamous hobo-inspired couture collection for Dior and Rodarte’s surface play, but Maticevski carved out his unique brand of rough-edged romanticism through a skillful balance of casual and dressy, art and fashion.
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