Versed in expertly tailored, sculptural gowns, Australian designer Toni Maticevski launches his 2024 collection. A masterful balance of modern and romantic, sharpness and fluidity, the collection features boldly dramatic dresses for the bride who confidently wears her individuality with unapologetic reverie.
Amongst the silhouettes, a subtle yet daring symmetry unfolds, blending abstract concepts with feminine forms. Perfect for those who favor minimalistic and undone styling, luxurious fabrics breathe life into exquisite fabrications devoid of embellishment. Boldly cut designs sculpt the female figure balancing billowing shapes with angular elegance. Nuanced by undulating folds, each gown exudes a versatile beauty for diverse wedding settings.
In an exclusive interview with the Melbourne-based designer, we delve into the inspirations and story behind the collection.
What do you love most about designing bridal?
The feeling of being part of someone’s special day, is inspiring to me. To know that brides have found beauty in the collection and have chosen to wear Maticevski for such an important moment in their life, brings me joy.
What was the inspiration for the new collection?
This collection is an extension of the brand’s unique exploration of beauty, through timeless and modern statements. I was led by a feeling, and had an image of the woman who would wear these pieces, front of mind. She is someone who exudes confidence in herself and her own style. Sometimes she is classic and sometimes she is more modern, although she always has a need and desire to be timeless.
Can you talk about the fabrics used in this collection?
I tend to be led by fabrics, and the drape and structure it can adapt to. I like to work in unexpected ways with fabrics introducing different materials and textures that are exclusive to the bridal collection. There is silk washed organza, satin, and tulle that all look and feel as light as air, as well as abstract flora jacquard and our signature bonded crepe.
“I love the idea that brides can come to Maticevski and find a bridal look that isn’t necessarily a bridal gown.”
Where should a bride start when choosing the shape and style of her wedding gown?
The first step is to really think about how you want to feel on your special day. Look at how you dress on the day-to-day and the shapes and silhouettes you are drawn to or feel most comfortable in. Don’t be led by the 16-year old’s version of who you thought you would be on your wedding day. I find that the whole process of finding a wedding look is an evolution. Try on different styles and be open to the whole experience. Choosing your wedding gown should be the easiest part of the wedding planning and the most fun!
Which is a favourite piece from the collection and how do you see it styled?
It’s too hard to choose. I love the idea that brides can come to Maticevski and find a bridal look that isn’t necessarily a bridal gown. Our philosophy has always been about building upon a wardrobe with pieces that can be loved and coveted forever. That extends to the bridal edit, especially with the offering of separates like the Regulator Blazer and Zest Crop Jacket. Both the Harlequin and Swan Gowns are highlight pieces. They create a statement all on their own so the styling can be understated and effortless.
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