Posted in Skin on April 24, 2014 by


At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia last week, Toni Maticevski proved he is deservedly one of Australia’s top designers with his beautiful and finely executed S/S 14 collection.

During the design phase, Maticevski found inspiration in orchids and explored the notions of botanical metamorphosis. “I had a lot more colour in the original collection but during the design process, I decided to ditch it, pare it right back to black and white and just inject some pops of colour like orange,” Maticevski told Gritty Pretty. “I was really inspired by orchids and how their beauty correlates with a woman. The collection came from a very organic place.” Adding, “The collection maintains the sence of romance which I’ve built over the past decade but it also pushes the boundaries towards more of a sports tailored reflection of the feminine silhouette.”

Sending models down an orchid-printed runway, Maticevski’s romantic, sports tailored collection encompassed frosted whites and rich opulent blacks, contrasted with pops of orchid inspired pink and orange accents.

To bring the models’ to life, Jayne Wild, ghd Hair Director created “expensive blow-dries” that been messed up a bit. “The Toni Maticevski looks is like a beautiful Parisian ‘It’ girl,” says Wild. “She is impeccably dressed and her hair is beautifully soft and wearable.”

To create the look, Wild prepped models’ hair with ghd Total Volume Foam before blow-drying all over and creating a bit of movement throughout the mid-lengths and ends. “Then, we applied ghd Root Lift Spray to the crown area to ensure the girls had extra volume,” explains Wild. Next, using ghd Eclipse, Wild created large barrel curls in random sections before pinning them and allowing them to cool. Once the curls had set, Wild unpinned them and brushed them out. To finish, simply blast ghd Final Fix Hairspray all over then use your fingers to gently muss it up.

Also on hand backstage was Nigel Stanislaus, Maybelline NY Makeup Director who said Toni didn’t want the beauty element to look too old fashioned. “We are not going with heavy foundation — a key trend to come out of Australian fashion week,” reveals Stanislaus.

Instead, Stanislaus opted to use Maybelline NY FITme Foundation followed by a light dusting of Maybelline NY FITme Powder on the cheeks and around the eyes. “After that, we used Maybelline NY EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eye Shadow in Too Cool to highlight the face,” says Stanislaus.

And, because Toni prefers natural lips, “We applied a bit of Maybelline NY Baby Lips and patted it down so the lips look conditioned”.

To finish the makeup look, Stanislaus applied Maybelline NY Great Lash Mascara in Dark Brown just at the base of the lashes to give them a little kick.

To close the show, Maticevski and his team gave one last nod to the collection’s reoccurring motif by placing blooming orchids in the mouths of models as they walked finale; once again cementing the Toni Maticevski brand as not just fashion but also art.