Drama, femininity and technical shaping pared with Ryan Storer handcuffs and diamond ball gags.. The Toni Maticevski show was the perfect way to start off this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with a bang! I love that Maticevski switched it up this year to something a little more provocative compared to last year’s dreamy colour palette and designs.
According to Fashion Journal, Ryan Storer's bondage-themed sparklers were the talk of the night and the combination of the clothes and the jewels helped tell a story of female empowerment. "It wasn't obvious, but it was there: Victorian-era high necklines and deconstructed bustles set the scene, harking back to a time when women's public sexuality did, in fact, mean imprisonment. Diamond cuffs secured hands behind the back, and neckpieces that resembled fetishist rope ties tumbled over full skirts."
"Back then, and not too long ago, an overtly sexual woman was often labelled 'hysterical', and likely committed to a white-walled institution. And so came the nod to straight jackets, in crisp white shirting that saw ties trailing behind the models."
"But we are in 2016, and today sexual empowerment is a signifier for strong femininity. Yes, you can wear a full ball skirt, and yes, you can also be into BDSM in your spare time. Why the hell not?
Well, now thanks to one of our most creative and influential designers, you have the wardrobe to do it in."
I'm so in love with this collection, the colours, the draping, the cuts and fabrics - just amazing. Maticevski is simply like no other.