Award-winning, Melbourne-based Toni Maticevski offers exquisitely designed and crafted garments in beautiful feminine shapes and fabrics displaying his attention to detail and skill in dressing the female form. His garments are designed with skill that manipulates traditional fashion silhouettes, displaying Toni Maticevski mastery of drape and cut. The Maticevski brand is recognised as beautifully crafted and designed with artisanal attention to detail and exceptional quality. Since 1999, the label has become one of Australia’s finest and proudest design talents, with Parlour X forging a relationship with Maticevski since he first began in the industry. Was it your life-long dream to become a fashion designer? I don’t remember it being the only thing I wanted to do. Playing piano, drawing and painting, dance were things I was drawn to… fashion became a different outlet where I could do all of the above in some way. Did you study fashion? Yes I did at RMIT.
I love that there are elements that can be dressed up or down. The finish in everything is so distinctly Maticevski and un-comporomised. It's about growing on a woman's desire to feel beautiful and important in her skin, in her clothes. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned since starting Toni Maticevski? Always be kind. Always pay people, Always go by instinct. What advice would you give to a young emerging designer? There are too many people with advice. Only take and listen to the one you ask for. Are business skills as important as one’s design skills? Absolutely. I have come to respect the business side and it actually feeds my creativity now. I found it so hard at the beginning. That’s part of it being exciting, learning new things all the time. I mean isn’t that what fashion is about… New things, new ways, new ideas? If you had your time again, would you do anything differently? Some things yes and then again time has a place for everything we do. And sometimes time to get to where you are is what it needs to be.
I find that everyone converges on Paris. It's the most visited by the buyers and media, and it's where we do most of our business (from a wholesale level). Describe your own personal style? I’m on the cusp of sporty, suited and relaxed. Basically I can’t stick to a theme when it comes to dressing myself. Do you have a favourite designer? Locally, too many I mean to name them will take up the rest of the page, internationally I always loved Galliano and McQueen, probably as they were at the pivotal part of my understanding of fashion. Mr. Valentino has and will always be someone I admire as a design vocabulary, and then there are the masters, Balenciaga, Vionnet, Madame Gres. What is next for Maticevski in 2019?
We have just launched a series of evening and cocktail bags that also cross over into dressy day options. They are pretty fun and have a great spirit to them. And then it's just working on a new collection … when am I not? You can find Toni Maticevski on Instagram @toni_maticevski