The cherry on the cake under the patronage of Mrs. Muscat

Photography: Steve Muliett

A great week of fashion showcasing great artists and talents comes to an end this evening at the Malta Fashion Awards. All of us at EVE wish the best of luck to all the nominees. Yesterday’s show was as superb as the venue – the grand Auberge De Castille hosted an International Designers Fashion Show, that featured Marella Ferrara, Italy, House of Jola, Nigeria, Fabryan from the UK,  Maltese bred Kevin Muscat and Serbian designer Biljana Tipsarevic.  Hosted by Colin Fitz under the patronage of Mrs. Michelle Muscat, the night was truly a memorable one with more than sixty models taking part in the show.

Marella Ferrera  “…the clothes must harmonize perfectly with the person wearing them, women mustn’t be soulless dummies…” — M.F.  Her collection evoked ‘Mediterranean’ , and I am not surprised at this, as this designer was born in Catania, and Sicily is always at the heart of her creations . The collection started off with beautiful pieces in black lace and colourful bright coloured embroidered roses and flowers. Her designs are very elegant and favoured as wedding or ceremonial outfits. A Marella Ferrera dress is for the occasion that is to be memorable, worn by women who want their garments to have significance and discourse. The collection featured veils, netting, beads and lace, with the main colours being black and nude.

House of Jola – One of my favourites of the night! I immediately felt an African colourful sensation as soon as the music started. It must be something to do with culture but Joan Isioma Elumelu showcased a collection full of passion, with patterns and colour popping out of the fabrics and structured pieces. She flew in some of her models too (she’s the founder of Nigeria’s Next Supermodel), who strutted elegantly in bold prints and bright colours, a perfect combination for sure! I loved the way she mixed different patterns on the same outfit.

Fabryan– This designer showcased some classic pieces, with the main colours being black, white and grey. With simplicity and elegance in mind, this womens-wear and accessories brand is one with eco and ethical values. I can’t say I was immensely impressed by this collection as she featured many dinner jackets and skater skirts, as usually seen in many high-street outlets, but I surely appreciated the amazing quality of the fabrics used.

Kevin Muscat – 50 shades of grey! Our own Maltese designer based in the UK showcased a masculine collection inspired by fine tailoring and couture. The main colours of his collection were black and grey. Tied-up shirts and pleated school skirts. This monochromatic colours were neatly combined with a lovely burnt orange silk on some key pieces.

Biljana Tipsarevic – The beautiful Serbian designer, who could be a model herself, loves minimalism, and she stuck to this style in this collection too! I fell in love with her dresses and coats. Her collection reflects sophistication, elegance and femininity. Her pieces are made from the finest materials such as silk and brocade, and delicate French lace. Her designs accent the  female silhouette where dresses follow the line of the body. The fine craftsmanship accentuates the waist and emphasizes the shoulders. It shows off the beauty of the female body. This superiorly crafted collection is dominated by soft colours – beige, dove-grey and shades of aged gold – with an occasional splash of fiery red. A collection of long evening gowns and  cocktail dresses are completed by glamorous and imaginatively tailored suits made out of the finest brocade.