10 collections from talented designers, at Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week

Fashionistas gathered together for the fourth night of the Malta Fashion Week. Today we were invited again to the beautiful Xara Lodge to witness ten collections from young and talented designers.

For anyone that missed this event, please find a review & pictures below.

Sunita Mukhi’s Label was conceived in Malta, conceptualized in Africa and materialized in India. The collection consisted of tote bags, clutch bags, back packs: some with neon colours and others with more traditional colours. But they had all with one thing in common – a big eye designed on each bag which is used in some cultures to ward off the evil eye.

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Samantha Muscat this year presented us with a Bohemian Collection, which is totally different from last year’s Black & White Collection. She confessed in a recent interview that with this collection she feels she has gone back to her roots. Suede material prevailed in this boho collection.

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Vassa Studio –  Designer Natalya Vassallo displayed a collection of knitted and felted items, her aim was to show the audience how to use Malta’s natural resources and turn them into fashion. But unfortunately the designer didn’t reach her goal, at least not tonight. The collection was pretty dull and old fashioned. Not what we are used to seeing on the runway, and most definitely not what we want to see.

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Gremar’s collection was girlish , romantic and luxurious at the same time. From red lace dresses with embroidered flowers to navy blue dresses and a fitted and feminine beige suit, Marie Grech hit the nail right on the head by providing us with an all at once girly, demure and delicate collection.

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Jeff Francalanza had a collection of beautiful hand crafted corsets. The collection was full of bling bling and extremely original. From broken mirror to fur, feathers and chains. Items you would see on Lady Gaga during one of her concerts or on a Broadway production. Way to go Jeff!  This kind of versatility and risque style is what we starve for during these kind of events.

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By Dali – Bags used to be just a stylish necessity, nowadays they are considered as objects of desire. Daniela Camilleri designed bags that reflect her personal style – and I loved it! I could easily see myself wearing one of these distinctive vintage bags. The collection was cast in a palette of browns, white and beige and each model wore a plain dress to leave all the attention to the gorgeous Bags by Dali.

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Emerging fashion designer Sef Farrugia showcased a mixture of two different styles; from neutral coloured soft sheer designs to a strong aesthetic look. This collection featured colourful geometric prints mixed with knitwear and hand-sewn flowers; and also three pieces in soft flesh tones which were more ‘summery’ and light.

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Creative Factory in collabartion with Gaetano Deguara – What a magnificent, spirit-lifting collection! This collection reminded me a lot of Fashion Icon Twiggy’s sense of style and the 60s fashion era. Lots of feminine dresses with vibrant  colours and a youthful spirit. It was sprightly, playful but nonetheless a very strong collection. All the models were wearing a multi-coloured head piece which I absolutely adored. This show was fun, frivolous and unbelievably well crafted.

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Celeste & Pavli -The collection showcased by these two young designers was very hip and urban chic. Materials where all printed with an old fashioned comic design.  The designs were nice but I was a bit disappointed by the fact that they were poorly crafted. Because it is the attention to detail that makes a collection a success.

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Ritienne zammit’s collection featured stylish innovations with a punk vibe mixed with Roman baroque fashion. Every outfit comprised of a plastic outfit with baroque pattern, embroidered silver studs and maroon outlining whilst waists were encased by thick maroon belts. This collection showcased combined serenity and edge and was completely different to what we have seen in the other collections.

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