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MFWA 2017 | Day 2 | Goddesses and Rebels

The theme for Day 2 of the Malta Fashion Week  was goddesses and rebels with shows from the likes of Herminas Reea from Greece, Marco Parascandalo and Maria Cutajar. We also go to see some beautiful jewellery creations by Chris Castillo. Read on to see what each show was about!

Herminas Reea - The Gods

The first show was hands down my absolute favourite! Feminine dresses with exquisite beading and detailing that make the wearer look more like a goddess from the Greek mythology. In fact, the designer had an image of modern Gods in mind when she created the collection. The collection of Haute Couture dresses featured delicate lace, corsets and accents of pink and gold. Here are some of my favourite looks.

Lead makeup artist: Krista Zammit Marmara
Assistants: Richline Testa, Moises Urenas, Henry Galea, Moni Torok, Christabelle Lays
Lead Hairstylist: Mate Irsik
Assistants: Katia Stier, Adrian Attard
Photos: Neil Psaila

Castillo Contemporary Jewellery

Photos: Luke Testaferrata Moroni Viani

Next, we were invited to see a contemporary jewellery exhibition by Chris Castillo. I instantly fell in love with his work. The designs really appealed to me with their clean, distinct lines that make the pieces unique from every angle. I had the opportunity to chat with Chris and I could easily see why his creations are so perfect - his passion for work really shines through!

His work is mostly inspired by local architecture and in fact, his latest collection is inspired by the Mosta Dome.

Parascandalo - Vanity Rebels

The most hyped show of the evening was definitely Marco Parascandalo's. From his very first collection at Malta Fashion Week to today, the Parascandalo brand has become cult favourite with people of all ages. And this time, he didn't disappoint either! Although the collection doesn't appeal to my personal style preferences, there were quite a few pieces which I liked and I'm happy to share them here with you today. 

The Vanity Rebels collection is inspired by the vanity of youth and pop culture and presented denim pieces with signature Parascandalo embroidery and patchwork, tracksuits and the brand staple, the t-shirt. All in a mix of textures and fabrics, this is Vanity Rebels!

Lead makeup artist: Gia Marie Waits
Assistants: John Azzopardi, Maia Bonello, Marie Claire Portelli, Aloisia Cutajar, Yanika Tatjana Bonello, Laura Gauci, Kevin Canter, Christelle Lays, Christina Moncoli
Lead hair stylist: Lee Grixti
Assistants: Katia Stier, Oriana Micallef, Sarah Azzopardi
Photos: Justin Ciappara

Maria Cutajar - Boho Goddess

The last collection for the night comes from Maria Cutajar and her Boho Goddess collection. Maria threw us off guard with her modern interpretation of the usually flowy boho dresses with leather skirts, floral accents and a diverse colour palette.

Lead Makeup artist: Mateja Camilleri
Assistants: Nicole, Tiziano Ronayne, Erika Fenech, Danika Aquilina
Lead Hairstylist: Adrian Attard
Assistants: Oriana Micallef, Mate Irsik, Katleen Scerri, Lee Grixti
Photos: Joseph Lungaro

Well done to all the participants for Day 2! Looking forward for what Day 3 has in store!

A Touch of Bright - Outfit for Day 1 of MFWA 2017

For the first day of the Malta Fashion Week, I chose a rather bright outfit. I am going to be honest and admit that this look was all planned around this gorgeous pair of Zara leather ankle boots. I instantly fell in love with them as soon as I saw them online and I bought them specifically with the intention of wearing them during Fashion Week.

I really like the combination of emerald and mustard together although it is not something I would have thought of I have to say. However, I think it turned out to be a great look and I felt really comfortable in it. Tonight calls for an edgier look so be on the lookout for a special post tomorrow :)

Photos: Neil Psaila

Top, Julien MacDonald at Debenhams | Skirt, Stradivarius
Shoes, Zara | Bag, Topshop
Earrings, vintage | Hair, TRESemme

MFWA2017 | Day 1 | Neo Classical Cupolas, Mystical Branches, Ballerinas and Unforgivably Sexy Dresses

Yesterday saw a spectacular opening to this year's edition of the Malta Fashion Week with 4 stunningly beautiful presentation from 4 very different designers.

The first show comes courtesy of Rose Marie Abela and her collection entitled La Cupola for AW17. The collection is inspired by the Mosta Dome, the Maltese skyline and the Neo Classical period and is aimed towards the woman that knows how to express her individuality through fashion. The colour palette for this collection was quite understated yet striking at the same time - monochrome with accents of gold and navy blue, all in refined fabrics and exceptional detailing, perfect for the more sophisticated clothing we tend to reach for during the winter months. 

Lead Make-Up artist: Elaine Galea
Assistants: Karen Decelis, Claire Grech, Leonie Buhagiar, Henry Galea, Moni Torok
Lead Hair Stylist: Flavia Attard
Assistants: Katleen Saliba, Adrian Attard, Gary Westacott, Bernice Catania

Photos: Justin Ciappara

Next, it was Yana Azzopardi's turn to debut her jewellery collection, Mystical Branches. The collection is on display in one of the outer rooms at Fort St. Elmo and can be viewed all throughout Fashion Week. The necklaces are displayed in frames hung from tree branches to represent the theme of the collection which is actually inspired by Gustav Klimt's famous mural 'The Tree of Life'. One of the painting's interpretations is the correlation between Earth, life and the after world - a concept which we can all relate to. Yana uses eccentric rope designs to represent the tree's trunk and roots while gold wire-wrapping symbolizes the branch spiraling details from the painting. 

Photos: Ronald Camilleri

Gustav Klimt's The Tree of Life -

The third show for the night was Pas de Deus by Sarah Caruana Dingli. The presentation opened with a ballerina dancing in a white and gold dress and heavy makeup which reminded me of the movie 'Black Swan'. This collection is inspired by ballerinas and Sarah's passion for art and fashion. In fact, the collection features elegance, poise and beauty, albeit with a touch of strength and endurance of the practice ballerinas undertake. The pastel colour palette accentuated by the dark tones give the collection an edgy yet elegant feel.

Lead Makeup Artist: Moises
Assistants: Kelly Cassar Torreggiani and Christine Gauci
Lead Hairstylist: Bernice Catania
Assistants: Katleen Saliba, Flavia Attard, Adrian Attard and Gary Westcott
Photos: Luke Testaferrata Moroni Viani

Finally, it was time for the much awaited show by Nilara - Unforgiven. If you thought last year's collection from Nilara was out of the ordinary, think again! The designer has outdone herself yet again with this collection of extravagant dresses that go beyond sexy. In red and black, the colours of seduction, and featuring strategic slits and cut-outs, the collection has proved to be a spectacular one.

Lead makeup artist: Elaine Galea
Assistants: Rodianne Caruana, Henry Galea, Petra Abdilla, Moni Torok, Martina Bezzina, Fabienne Bezzina, Christine Gauci, Marilyn Caruana, Kelly Cassar Torreggiani, Marilyn Montanaro, Marina Muscat, Cristina Moncholi, Christelle Lays.
Lead hairstylist: Gary Westcott
Assistants: Katleen Saliba, Flavia Attard & team, Adrian Attard
Photos: Justin Ciappara

This is it for Day 1! Check back later for tonight's shows!