Coming towards the end of his second decade in the business, one of Australia's most-revered designers - affectionately nicknamed 'The Elegant Rebel' - showcased 29 looks at Paris' Haute Couture Fashion Week. 

Haute Couture recap: Toni Maticevski takes Paris with debut

Crafted in his signature exacted execution, his Resort 2018 collection was accented with couture pieces, hand-finished by the designer.

Haute Couture recap: Toni Maticevski takes Paris with debut

A powerful opening story in metallic brocade in a peony palette gave way to the deconstructed work wear and sculptural shapes for which he has become so well known; Maticevski's artfully-architected looks taking inspiration from artist Anna-Wili Highfield's paper sculptures of horses, re-imagined in bonded white jersey.

Haute Couture recap: Toni Maticevski takes Paris with debut

An intricate floral appliqué and a particularly successful digitally-printed silk lent a kind of breezy femininity that was well balanced with molten metal-esque Sarina Suriano jewellery and tough leather clutches dripping in hanging metal toggles.

Haute Couture recap: Toni Maticevski takes Paris with debut

Backstage, Maticevski was understandably emotional, with conversations constantly halted by a well-wisher wanting to congratulate or embrace. Vogue contributor Suzy Menkes stopped to take a photo of the designer with his assembly and nodded her approval at the show. A clutch of designer friends - Michael Lo Sordo, Christopher Esber came to pay their respects as did Australian model Alessandra Ambrosio and Nicole Warne.

Haute Couture recap: Toni Maticevski takes Paris with debut

"I'm slightly overwhelmed," Maticevski explained, motioning to the tear-soaked napkins in his hand. "I think there's been so much goodwill. Friends and people who travelled in to..." And with that, he's whisked away again, as is entirely appropriate for a man of the hour such as he.

Haute Couture recap: Toni Maticevski takes Paris with debut