The sixth day of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta gave us a selection of designers who gave us attire to ponder about. There was something political about this day’s events; a range of themes that reminded its audience that fashion, like all other art forms, is there to make us question, revolt, challenge and speak up.

The first revolution came with Lilly Mae‘s exhibition of plus-size wares by Marina Rinaldi, Elena Miro and Basler. Here, Fashion Week Malta gave plus-size fashion its rightful place on the catwalk, presenting models who, ironically, wouldn’t really be considered as plus-size by the average Jane or Joe. Lilly Mae cast models with a strong graceful presence who showcased some of the most elegant and sophisticated outfits shown so far. Notable numbers are a masterfully tailored asymmetric monochrome dress, a femininely structured sugar pink strappy dress and an effortless khaki jumpsuit which just oozes cool.


Lilly Mae’s exhibition of plus-size wares by Marina Rinaldi, Elena Miro and Basler. Photo credits to Brian Cassar and Robert De Carlo.


This is where rock star punk meets seaside apparel. Freeze Frame‘s Punk by Sequin is wild and wonderful, offering bikinis to those who like to go against the grain. There’s a striking turtle neck sequin dress that’s bold and hypnotising, alongside a white see-through beach dress whose detail is a mastery of workmanship. Another classic piece is a crochet off-shoulder dress, ideal for casual evening wear or a day by the pool side. This is a very empowering and exciting collection that inspires a bit of cheeky anarchy.


Punk by Sequin’  Collection. Photo credits to CB Photography and Jason Spiteri.


I suppose the title says it all. Ritienne Zammit transports us back a year with Je Suis, which is in no way a bad thing. This industry shouldn’t just be fashion-forward; it should also make us look to the past. Zammit’s approach to this is two-fold. The name recalls the vicious and brutal attacks of Paris – a mecca for the fashion industry. It reminds us that this business – its sense of liberty, freedom and creativity – was threatened a year ago. Alluding to the violence of the tragic attacks are Zammit’s prints of works by Caravaggio. The severed head, the forlorn grieving faces, all fuelled by religion. Then Zammit moves us away from Baroque painting to contemporary motifs and logos. The hues are still sombre, but the shading and geometric cacophony of colour is very trippy at first glance – another sordid element of the world we live in today. A fantastic deep blue velvet off-shoulder bodycon dress is peppered with dollar signs, and a seriously significant deep V jumpsuit is a triumphant piece. However, a sleeveless trench coat smothered in a baroque painting is the star of the collection, combined with a silver ringed choker necklace.


‘Je Suis’ Collection. Photo credits to Jason Spiteri.


Also, well done to those lovely well behaved kitties who looked so fabulous. So that’s why it’s called a catwalk!


Photo credits to Adam Polidano.