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MFWA 2017 | My Experience

Another edition of the Malta Fashion Week and Awards has come and gone but this year, it was even bigger and better. Not just on an organisational level but also for me personally. This has been my fourth year attending the Malta Fashion Week. I am actually quite sad now that it's over and I feel somewhat hollow inside with no shows to prepare for and no party to look forward to with my favourite bloggers, designers and photographers.

Having fun with other bloggers and photographers
Clockwise from top, photos by: Justin Ciappara, Go Raw, mobile selfie, Ron Kerr Imagery

Left : Desiree | Centre : Nilara team | Right : Gaetano

Unashamedly, I admit our house is a bit of a mess and I don't know where I am going to start from to get everything back in order but I wouldn't have it any other way...I guess it's a sign of a very busy yet exceptional week.

To momentarily drive the blues away, I am sitting here at my desk just writing my thoughts on it all and I cannot start without mentioning the team behind it all. Kudos to Mr. Adrian J. Mizzi and his team for organizing yet another successful Fashion Week which is instrumental in cementing Malta's status as a fashion hub on an international level. Everyone makes sure all the shows run smoothly to the littlest of details which is after all what makes Malta Fashion Week such a high standard event. 

Speaking of improvements, I particularly prefer the way the seating was arranged in a staircase fashion, thus ensuring that even when we did not get a front row seat, we could still see the shows despite any human giraffes being seated in front of petite me. The presentation style fashion shows were a new concept introduced this year and I really appreciate the set-up for each and every one of them such as the deckchairs and lounge bar for the Carla Grima event and the wooden pallets for the models to stand on during Nathan Micallef's presentation. The only 'complaint' I have about these is that I think the setup could be improved to accommodate more people to see the shows better. But other than that, I think it is a concept worth exploring for future events.

However, for me, this year's edition was not just about the shows and preparing the outfits, it was also about getting to know other people better and I also got the chance to collaborate with some amazing people - namely the people behind TRESemme, one of the main sponsors of Malta Fashion Week, Virag Andersson from Virag Design which designs beautiful enamel and glass jewellery, Gaetano for truly making me feel like a princess on awards night with this gorgeous creation of a dress and Neil, my outfit photographer for the whole week. Thank you, thank you all so much! Now I look forward for more collaborations with other people to further share the talent we have in Malta on this blog.

With Virag Andersson and I am wearing one of her necklaces :)
Photo by Neil Psaila

This year I also got the chance to experience what goes on backstage and I feel the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes also deserve a mention and a huge well done on their amazing hair and makeup work. You can read all about my backstage experience here.

Well, I guess I have to conclude this post otherwise, I never stop writing and mentioning people. Congratulations to all the award winners and thank you to all the photographers for an unforgettable week of happy snaps :) Also, kudos to the models and their agencies who always pull through the whole week year after year!

I still have to upload a couple more pictures related to Malta Fashion Week so do stay tuned for them :)

Feeling Like A Princess - Outfit for MFW 2017 Awards Night

I was looking forward to Saturday's event ever since Gaetano offered to have me dressed in one his creations for the big night! I just couldn't wait to wear the dress for I loved everything about it - the colour, the beading, the fit and the overall feeling of looking like a princess. Here's a little secret...the 'dress' is actually a crop top and skirt!

Last Tuesday morning, me and Neil hit Fort St. Angelo in Vittoriosa (where Fashion Week took place last year) so that we could capture the beauty that is this dress without being pressed for time as would have probably been the case if we left it for the last minute.

I went for rose gold accessories to accentuate the colour shift in the beading.

I did my makeup in a green shade and put my hair slicked back thanks to TRESemme's Get Sleek Smooth and Tame Cream and Creation Hairspray; on the night however, I settled for neutral eye makeup and asked my hair dresser to still put my hair in a sleek pulled back hairstyle with a double parting inspired by one of the hairstyles during Gaetano's show last Wednesday. My hair for the night was done by Francesco Agius Risiott at Hair & Beauty by Cher.

Photo taken by my boyfriend
I really enjoyed myself last Saturday and would like to extend my congratulations to all the award winners. Thank you once again to Gaetano for this beautiful dress!

Sheer Black and Flowers - Outfit for Day 5 of MFWA 2017

For the last day of the shows, it was back to my trusty Gianvito Rossi heels. This time I wore them with this gorgeous number from London F Cafe'.

Dress, London F Cafe | Shoes, Gianvito Rossi | Bag, Diane von Furstenberg
Earrings, Sif Jakobs at 202 Jewellery | Bangle, Calvin Klein | Ring, Spinning Jewellery at 202 Jewellery

As soon as I put on this dress I feel ok with myself..there's something about it that makes me feel really pretty and in my element. For one who doesn't really like black, I am finding myself reaching for this dark colour more because I have to admit that it does have an elegant feel to it. However the mint and pink embroidery provide that perfect touch of colour I crave with all black outfits.

On the day, I styled my hair with the TRESemme Max The Volume Textured Body Creme for a bit of oomph.

MFWA 2017 | Day 5 - Ritienne Zammit's Love of Valletta

Saturday was quite a busy day with the final night of Malta Fashion Week coming up so I got a little caught up with appointments and so on. However, I really feel Ritienne Zammit's I YValletta collection really deserves some space on this blog.

I am going to come straight to the point - this was hands down the best collection from all of the ones presented! I feel this collection is something more people can relate to than the one from last year. I love how Ritienne always manages to inject an element of originality in her collections and might I add they are always very well researched. 

Photos by Miklos Xuereb

This year, Ritienne proposes a different look onto our capital city - old maps of Valletta in black and white, famous paintings from Valletta's churches as well as black and white photographs of the city of times gone by and the burial marble floors of St. John's Co-Cathedral. Mixed with sheer black mesh, sky blue ribbons and gold decorations, this is a one-of-a-kind collection of masterpieces from one of Malta's finest fashion designers.

I really liked the space buns and flower hairstyles which were also unique. The cat-eye glasses and makeup, including the pearls in the models' inner corners of the eyes continued to add interest to the looks being paraded down the runway.

I definitely have to get my hands on a couple of pieces from this collection a.s.a.p. and that only means one thing...Ritienne you killed it! Well done!

MFWA 2017 | What goes on Backstage

As a blogger at Malta Fashion Week, I get to see the models walking down the runway in garments by the hands of the very talented designers and immaculate makeup and hairstyles to match. This is only the end product of such a big production as is Malta Fashion Week.

This year, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to have a look at what goes on backstage before the models hit the catwalk. Moreover, the day assigned to me couldn't have been a better choice - I got to have an exclusive peek at the makeup and hair being done for the shows of some of my favourite designers last Wednesday, namely Gaetano, Ivory & Co., Carla Grima, Desiree and Rosita.

My favorite makeup looks were actually the ones for the Carla Grima show with a natural, glowy look that perfectly complimented the flowy, bright silk kaftans and swimwear. I caught up with the very talented Talitha Dimech who was in charge of doing the makeup for the show and I really enjoyed watching her work her magic on the models. She was assisted by Jeanette Cardona, Karen Decelis, Daniela Zammit and Daniela Cremona who I must say all did a very good job!Lead The lead hairstylist for this show was Dean Gera, assisted by M'Cast Students.

Talitha Dimech applying makeup on of the models

As for hair, my favourites were the regal up 'dos for Ivory & Co. and Gaetano. The hairstylists in charge for these elegant looks were the Artistic Team at Toni & Guy for Ivory & Co. and Matthew and Roderick Castillo for Gaetano. For the Ivory & Co. fashion show, the makeup team consisted of  Elaine Galea (Lead Makeup Artist), Alexia Kind, Ruth Abela, Ruth Marguerat, Marina Muscat, Fabienne Bezzina, Miriam Pace, Marilyn Caruana, Moni Torok, Christina Moncholi and Marilyn Montanaro. As for Gaetano, the makeup team was made up of Marlene Vassallo and her assistants, Amanda Greaves, Henry Galea, Martina Bugeja, Rodianne Caruana, Rebecca Busuttil, Cristina Moncholi and Fabienne Bezzina.

With 5 shows happening on the night, backstage was quite busy. I was told they had to make up 100 models!!! In view of this, I was struck by how professional everyone is as I walked into the backstage rooms with colourful makeup palettes neatly displayed and the smell of hairspray in the air. What would Malta Fashion Week be without these people? Well done and thank you!

Yours truly with Gaetano!

All makeup used was Eva Garden and hair was done using TRESemme professional styling products.
All models' photographs by Kurt Paris, backstage prep pictures by me

Of ripped jeans and embroidered shoes - Outfit for Day 4 of MFWA 2017

The exhaustion of fashion week is taking it's toll and yesterday I was feeling quite worn out and wanted a comfortable outfit for the evening's shows. I went for a pair of ripped jeans and a flowy top with bell sleeves and paired them with floral accessories to jazz up an otherwise plain outfit.

The shoes were definitely a hit as I got a ton of compliments on them. I have to admit though they are not the most comfortable pair, they do pack a punch!

Photos by Neil Psaila and Bernard Polidano

Top, River Island | Denims, Zara
Shoes, Asos | Bag, ALDO | Necklace, Fossil at Sunlab
Sunnies, Marks & Spencer | Earrings, Michael Kors at Sunlab | Bangles, Promod

MFWA 2017 | Day 4 - Suits, Food & Flowers and Poison

Gagliardi - SS17 Safari / AW17 La Dolce Vita, Rome

Photos: Malta Fashion Week & Awards Facebook page

It was time for the men to open yesterday's shows with the Maltese international brand Gagliardi. I always look forward to their show primarily because I love their take on combining different colours and patterns to re-invent the traditional suit. I especially loved the silk scarves draped under the jacket lapels and the mismatched ties and pocket squares. From formal to casual, Gagliardi has it all for the men who want to look dapper all the time! This year, they are proposing a safari theme for Spring/Summer and for the Autumn/Winter season, a more sophisticated collection inspired by 1950's and 1960's Rome as pictured in William Wyler's film 'Roman Holiday' starring Audrey Hepburn.

Ef+facto Italy - Food & Flowers

Photos: Steven Muliett

Effacto was the first show from a foreign designer for the night. Loredana Meyer, from Italy, presented a collection that is equal parts stylish and environmentally friendly. She uses all natural fabrics and all the garments are made exclusively in Italy. I really enjoyed this collection for it had me written all over it! The simple, clean lines are what I look for for understated chic. Here are some of my favourite looks from the show.

Eymeric François - Poison

Photos: Bernard Polidano

The final show from yesterday's event couldn't get any sexier - red, black, lace, corsets all accentuating the female form, this is Eymeric François Poison all the way from Paris!

I must say that this was my favourite collection from the night. Of course many of know my obsession with everything French but who in their right mind can resist these sexy creations?! Well done Eymeric once again!