THOUGHTS ON THE NEW DESIGNERS’ Collections Show, MALTA FASHION WEEK 2015

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Last weekend, the most important event for the fashion industry in Malta was launched: the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week 2015. After last year’s success, industry insiders were more eager than ever to watch Maltese models’ cat walks dressed by local and international designers. Everything kick started on Friday evening with a fantastic party which took place at The Londoner, Smart City. Access was strictly for guests. Your Eve’s Event Reporter was most definitely one of them.

It was a perfect evening, and between cocktails and worldliness, I had the pleasure of meeting lots of friends among designers and photographers. Between one Campari Spritz and another, we commented on all the outfits of the evening, but also expressed our expectations of the shows which would take place during this week. One of the most anticipated happened on Sunday night at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. Each year, the New Designers’ Collections Show is one of the most appreciated, as it allows the public to get an idea of what the future holds for the Maltese fashion industry, with new trends and a panorama of the up-and-coming pioneers of the business.

In the scorching heat of that evening, 14 designers presented their creations to the public under the gaze of the press and photographers. Unfortunately, one or two errors rendered the show to be slightly less than satisfactory. I therefore suggest that the future promises of the Maltese runway give particular attention to the quality of the product in general (stitching, packaging, concept, cut, fabrics and colours). I would also suggest thinking of fashion as a complex artistic expression where the musical performances, choice of models and coherence within the collection collaborate on a much stronger level to further engage their audience. Fashion cannot be only a technical exercise of needle and thread; it must above all be the avant-garde and visionary expression of how a dress can be a continuation of our skin and our soul.

Nonetheless, there were two designers who left quite an impression on me with their work. Gabrielle Fenech brought onto the catwalk a collection called Muted Mutiny, where she created an atmosphere of Medieval Malta with embroideries and handmade applications. Boldness and experimentation did the rest. Maria Cutajar’s experience in the fashion industry was easily visible in the implementation of geometry to the tissues. Rectangular and geometric shapes wrapped her models in avant-garde outfits which are equally wearable.

The agenda for this year’s Malta Fashion Week is thick. Stay tuned!

 

Photography Anthony Tomaselli

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