Toni Maticevski really hit us for six. Even though the local designer is known for his red carpet work, he threw both the indutry and his loyal fan base a curve ball with his stripped-back and utterly modern take on special occasion dressing. His sculptural yet minimal incarnations of classic evening-wear drew audible gasps as his ladylike troupe zig-zagged their way across the floor. A lack of frivolous adornment meant that the focus stayed on the elegant 3D form of Toni's creations; beaded peplums and collars adding clergical reverence to cocktail pieces and artfully folded neoprene and bonded jersey full-skirts making the models look like couture-worthy presents, wrapped up and tied off with fine-strapped leather belts. Red carpet regulars take note: this is the stuff that makes best dressed lists — clean, unfussy design with a generous dose of 1950s glamour — the best of both worlds.
When asked to describe his inspiration for his Maticevski beauty vision, makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis used the words "tomboy heiress". What does that conjure up? Lots of feminine shades, bold brows that scream "refined", mauve lips that hark to a slightly grungy era and an overall sporty-femme beauty look. As for the ghd-styled hair? If you can picture the result when origami meets Grace Kelly, you're on the right track. Come see. . .
Oh, hi there Jennifer Hawkins! It's only appropriate that the first star to step under our Melbourne Cup spotlight today is Myer ambassador and marquee host Jennifer Hawkins. Ms H donned a sculptural Maticevski dress, topped off with a Peter Lang headpiece. A chain-strap bag, black peep-toe pumps and Jen's trusty Dior watch finished off her ladylike look. Now the question begs . . . do you like it?
Images courtesy of Lucas Daswson.
Wow brows were the statement feature backstage at Toni Maticevski's RTW show. Kate Squires (Napoleon Perdis) was using the brand's Fashion Week staple, Equinox China Doll Gel Eyeliner, to create the "star of the makeup look". Keen to keep the texture raw, an angled liner brush was used vertically instead of horizontally to keep the brow from looking like a block of colour. Five girls will be taking the look one step further, wearing eyeliner that joins the brow to really draw home the Modern Nefertiti reference. Jayne Wilde (ghd) was calling her hair creations 'little volcanoes" backstage. In reality the style required seven sections fused up into a concial shape. "It's about clashing textures," she said. "Keeping it clean at the sides and back, and fluffier at the front." She worked with ghd Final Fix Hairspray sprayed onto a hairbrush and Smooth and Finish serum "around the edges" to keep the hair clean. For the volume, she used ghd Total Volume Foam. Step right this way for your access-all-areas backstage pass.