Designer spotlight: Toni Maticevski

Toni Maticevski
Toni Maticevski

Australian-born Toni Maticevski was recently named 2008's Fashion Designer of the Year at the International Design Awards, where he also picked up the award for Best Women's Couture Designer. We tracked down Maticevski (who's furiously prepping for his fall '09 fashion show on February 16) for a little TONY--Toni chat about his favorite places in NYC and fashion trend predictions.

Time Out New York: What's the inspiration for your fall '09 collection?
: Do you want the bullshit answer or the real one?

TONY: The real answer!
: It's not something I really sit down and say, "Okay, this is going to be 1940s." It sort of evolves, starting with fabrics and textures and things like that, and then it kind of dictates a silhouette, or things just start kind of merging. I can usually look at it in the end and go, Oh, okay, it's got that sort of reference; it's got that kind of element to it. But there's never a real starting point.

TONY: How has winning the International Design Award changed things for you?
: Um, I don't know 'cause I just heard about it. I don't know what it means. I looked at some of the other people that won and I was like, Oh, that's kind of a nice group of people to be involved with.

TONY: You lived here while working for Donna Karan: What do you miss about New York?
Being here!

TONY: What places do you make sure you hit up when you visit?
Maticevski: I love going to Century 21! That's my must-stop place. It's so scary in there. It's so random and bad that it's good! I also love this place called August (359 Bleecker St between Charles and W 10th Sts, 212-929-4774) on Bleecker Street—it's a little tapas place.

TONY: What do you predict will be the trends for fall '09?
Maticevski: Cropped furry coats; blingy, sequiny items; textured pieces. I think everything is going to be a bit shorter for fall.
Corinne Mohr