August 23 2014

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Avoiding Inspiration At Toni Maticevski


Most designers have come to expect the requisite inspiration question. But at the Altman Building last night Toni Maticevski wasn’t having any of it. “What can I tell you about my inspiration? Not much,” the designer penned in his liner notes. “I can’t say that I think about it too much, to say I do would feel like sitting in a classroom where ideas are boxed and deliberate, unnatural and not real.” Unsatisfied, we asked him to break it down backstage. “It’s really more of a feeling, an energy,” he enlightened. “Looking at the clothes, you kind of get a nice feeling from it, or you don’t.” Uh, thanks. We did happen to understand Maticevski’s hand-embellished, five-and-a-half-inch platform heels, shown throughout the presentation. Though the models seemed to fare well, we wondered whether there was any danger of serious civilian discomfort. Maticevski avowed that his shoes, though vertiginous, were not painful. “I have it on good authority that they’re very comfortable,” he laughed, before adding, “I mean, I couldn’t find a size that was big enough for me to try them myself.”

Photo: Toni Maticevski

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