Toni Maticevski at New York Fashion Week Spring 2007

Melbourne based designer Toni Matecevski showed at New York Fashion Week for the first time this week, showing the world why he is one of the biggest talents to come out of Australia for a long time.

After showing 10 pieces at Australia Fashion Week in his home town earlier this week, Matecevski won him many new fans.

30 looks was sent down the UPS sponsored catwalk show, with his signature mixture of drapped silk, shredded trimmings and impeccable tailoring.

“I wanted to explore textures and techniques, and dimensionality rather than make flat clothes,” he said backstage.

With pieces in innocent cool tones of cream, white, champagne, and pale green, a white floaty trapeze shaped mini dress opened the show with the specially-made chunky kangaroo fur wedge heels.

It was followed up with delicate a-line pieces and high waisted skirts and gowns that would not have looked out of place on the red carpet.

Sitting front row at the Bryant Park show was rising star Emmy Rossum, “It was beautiful,” Rossum said. “I liked the mix of Victorian femininity with a little edge. It was modern, gothic and pretty.”

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