MFWA2017 | Day 1 | Neo Classical Cupolas, Mystical Branches, Ballerinas and Unforgivably Sexy Dresses

Yesterday saw a spectacular opening to this year's edition of the Malta Fashion Week with 4 stunningly beautiful presentation from 4 very different designers.

The first show comes courtesy of Rose Marie Abela and her collection entitled La Cupola for AW17. The collection is inspired by the Mosta Dome, the Maltese skyline and the Neo Classical period and is aimed towards the woman that knows how to express her individuality through fashion. The colour palette for this collection was quite understated yet striking at the same time - monochrome with accents of gold and navy blue, all in refined fabrics and exceptional detailing, perfect for the more sophisticated clothing we tend to reach for during the winter months. 

Lead Make-Up artist: Elaine Galea
Assistants: Karen Decelis, Claire Grech, Leonie Buhagiar, Henry Galea, Moni Torok
Lead Hair Stylist: Flavia Attard
Assistants: Katleen Saliba, Adrian Attard, Gary Westacott, Bernice Catania

Photos: Justin Ciappara

Next, it was Yana Azzopardi's turn to debut her jewellery collection, Mystical Branches. The collection is on display in one of the outer rooms at Fort St. Elmo and can be viewed all throughout Fashion Week. The necklaces are displayed in frames hung from tree branches to represent the theme of the collection which is actually inspired by Gustav Klimt's famous mural 'The Tree of Life'. One of the painting's interpretations is the correlation between Earth, life and the after world - a concept which we can all relate to. Yana uses eccentric rope designs to represent the tree's trunk and roots while gold wire-wrapping symbolizes the branch spiraling details from the painting. 

Photos: Ronald Camilleri

Gustav Klimt's The Tree of Life -

The third show for the night was Pas de Deus by Sarah Caruana Dingli. The presentation opened with a ballerina dancing in a white and gold dress and heavy makeup which reminded me of the movie 'Black Swan'. This collection is inspired by ballerinas and Sarah's passion for art and fashion. In fact, the collection features elegance, poise and beauty, albeit with a touch of strength and endurance of the practice ballerinas undertake. The pastel colour palette accentuated by the dark tones give the collection an edgy yet elegant feel.

Lead Makeup Artist: Moises
Assistants: Kelly Cassar Torreggiani and Christine Gauci
Lead Hairstylist: Bernice Catania
Assistants: Katleen Saliba, Flavia Attard, Adrian Attard and Gary Westcott
Photos: Luke Testaferrata Moroni Viani

Finally, it was time for the much awaited show by Nilara - Unforgiven. If you thought last year's collection from Nilara was out of the ordinary, think again! The designer has outdone herself yet again with this collection of extravagant dresses that go beyond sexy. In red and black, the colours of seduction, and featuring strategic slits and cut-outs, the collection has proved to be a spectacular one.

Lead makeup artist: Elaine Galea
Assistants: Rodianne Caruana, Henry Galea, Petra Abdilla, Moni Torok, Martina Bezzina, Fabienne Bezzina, Christine Gauci, Marilyn Caruana, Kelly Cassar Torreggiani, Marilyn Montanaro, Marina Muscat, Cristina Moncholi, Christelle Lays.
Lead hairstylist: Gary Westcott
Assistants: Katleen Saliba, Flavia Attard & team, Adrian Attard
Photos: Justin Ciappara

This is it for Day 1! Check back later for tonight's shows!

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