Miley Cyrus streamed out of the speakers as the first looks debuted on the catwalk. Instantly, Maticevski's Spring beat was set. There's a reason why Toni Maticevski is Australia's reigning king in evening-wear, and the reason is this: he manages to make gowns feel cool and relaxed, but also look red carpet-ready.
Free from fussy embellishment that often swarms evening-wear, Maticevski's Spring line, titled "Orchid Metamorphosis", showed restraint. Because while the dresses may have been long (trains trailed along the runway) and the A-line cuts severe (Ajak Deng debuted the collection's only column gown), details like pockets, exposed zips, rolled cuffs, mesh inserts and racer necklines spoke of an athletic influence. And it takes skill to make a ball gown look sporty.
Neutral shades of white, black, and grey trended in the collection, with the occasional pop of fluorescent orange worn head-to-toe. The accessories mirrored the collection's palette, with cut-edge chokers (a collaboration between Maticevski, Dinosaur Designs and Swarovski) in muted shades of grey, pink, polar, white topping looks.
For the finale, models walked with flowers in their mouths, a reference to the botanical inspiration behind the collection.