Fashion Week started with a brilliant offering by the Melbourne Master and runway showman Toni Maticevski…
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia kicked off in Sydney with the Melbourne Master Toni Maticevski’s opening show at The Cutaway. Located in the Barangaroo Reserve, this is an extraordinary setting and perfect for a fashion showcase. The Cutaway is as long as the Sydney Cricket Ground, as wide as an Olympic swimming pool and is set under 12,000 cubic metres of rock, grass and trees. With an extraordinary rock wall that’s perfect for a fashion blogger’s backdrop, that’s exactly how many who turned up for this exciting opening put it to use.
With such a large area to play with, the catwalk this time was replaced by a series of marble stages and platforms. Stiletto heels and oversized platforms are incredibly difficult to wear over a shiny, polished, marble surface. We were awestruck not only by the magnificent gowns on show, but that so many of the models were able to skate over the surface so breezily (with only 2-3 coming unstuck).
Those of you familiar with Maticevski will understand why his range opened MBFWA 2016. Edgy and baroque-inspired at the same time, there was a lot to appreciate. You might think that sexy cut-away bodices with billowing skirts seem at odds with the resort-wear focus of this year’s theme. But we are talking about Maticevski: read ooohs and aaahs! The organisers would have been pleased!
And of course, it was actually a pre-opening. Perfect choice, no matter what the theme! The whole she-bang is officially opening today.
So here’s our take on Fashion Week’s first offering, well, until it officially starts, that is. Here’s what we saw, both on and off the runway.