Event | Dizz Group Autumn & Winter Fashion Show in Aid of Mental Health Awareness

Stunning views, a grand palace with tranquil surroundings, two parallel rows of white draped chairs, a runway, gorgeous models, fresh sartorial collections and fashionable guests - this is what Dizz Group's Autumn & Winter Fashion Show in Aid of Mental Health Awareness was made of!

Last Saturday afternoon, despite all the humidity October is throwing our way, I was excited to attend this grand fashion show and witness some of the latest collections from top fashion brands under Dizz Group's portfolio. All for a good cause - donations from attendees were collected in aid of the Mental Health Awareness Campaign run by the Marigold Foundation under the patronage of Mrs. Michelle Muscat, spouse to Malta's Prime Minister.

October is usually synonymous with breast cancer awareness, and while I commend all the initiatives that continue to push breast cancer awareness and research forward, it does not mean that other conditions such as mental health should remain in the shadows. With mental health, this is more evident because of the stigma that surrounds such conditions and more often than not, mentally challenged individuals tend so suffer in silence. Luckily, for these patients, who often end up conveniently forgotten by their own families, the Marigold Foundation is there to intervene to give them better quality of life and lend a listening ear and even a shoulder to cry on if need be. Of course, to do such projects and run campaigns, funds are often a hindrance; consequently, fund-raising activities such as this fashion show, are vital in fuelling the work put behind the Marigold Foundation. The donations were topped up by Dizz Group and the beautiful sum of €10,000 was presented to Mrs. Muscat at the end of the fashion show.

Now for the collections; casual and elegant looks from Terranova, Calliope, Guess, Guess by Marciano, Max&Co., Trussardi, Harmont & Blaine, Paul & Shark, Liu Jo, Michael Kors, and Elisabetta Franchi were paraded down the runway.

All brands have their own take on the key trends for the upcoming season - leather still remains strongly in fashion in different colours but with a matte look and the leather jacket remaining a staple, piece; backpacks aren't going anywhere and denim is also here to stay. Layering is always a key trend of the winter season and this year is no exception. I really enjoyed the way outfits were combined to give the trend a more modern feel - fur details, shimmery fabrics coordinated with more casual garments, and the classic coordinated suit.

Autumn/Winter 2016 is looking very chic and sophisticated at Michael Kors, where their iconic tote bags have been re-invented with warmer colours and a new design. Patterned cross-body bags and chic backpacks complete the collection.

Paul & Shark stayed true to their nautical roots with the typical colour palette of red, white and blue - a timeless combination that is always in fashion while Trussardi exudes Italian effortless glamour with every garment. My favourites from their collection were definitely the blue and mustard dresses.

The hottest colour of the season, khaki, which also happens to be one of my favourites was the predominant colour in my favourite collection - Elisabetta Franchi. I love how it was combined with blue, with my absolute favourite garments from the collection being the short, puffy jacket and the pussy bow blouse. Elisabetta Franchi also managed to re-invent black, resulting in a collection that is the epitome of sophistication. I have to admit that this was most definitely my favourite collection.

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Well done to Dizz Group on this initiative and very big well done to all behind the organisation of such a prestigious event!

Models were all from Supernova Modelling Agency.
Catwalk photos by Ronald Camilleri.

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