Malta Fashion Week 2018 Day 2 turned out to be pretty busy 1 exhibit of Yana’s Jewellery, 1 presentation of Isle & Aqua by Giulia Pandolfino, and 3 fashion shows of Edith, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, and Parascandalo. It was definitely a very eventful day.
I was eyeing the Mercedes Benz AMG V8 bi-turbo ever since the very first day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Malta 2018. One look at this beauty and I think you may agree with me that it is just too striking not to notice.
Malta Fashion Week 2018 Day 2 Presentations & Fashion shows
Yana, the founder of Yana’s Jewellery, is a Maltese jewellery designer who is no stranger to the public. Many know of her success which began in 2010 and has been witnessing the growth of this young designer over the years. She works on the local market, as well as having her items available for clients abroad. She has recently opened up a store in Sliema.
Her collection Colores del Flamenco was exhibited in a very remarkable way. We were first greeted with flamenco dancers just outside her exhibit. As the name of her collection suggests, it made perfect sense as to why the flamenco dancers were present, but what was puzzling was as you entered the room, all you could see were large prints of flamenco dancers.
It is only as you approach these delicate prints do you notice that the prints had Yana’s new collection attached to the prints. This presentation of her items was truly unique, not only visually but it really helped gain the emotion and thought behind each piece. Yana’s exhibit had truly allowed me to go through an experience rather than simply looking at her new collection. The lead makeup artist was Dorothy Buttigieg and lead hairstylist Dorianne Briffa.
It was the first time I have come across the work of Natalie Bronfman and I must say she is a true artist. The reason I say this is because as the fashion show began, it felt like there was a deeper meaning to her collection, rather than the collection being the final piece of art. Her collection seemed to have opened a door into something deeper.
The collection is called Uno stato di trasparenza – A state of transparency, and in literal form, this was recreated with the use of transparent textures. Some may think that the use of light and transparent textures may give a soft and easy-flowing look, however, Edith’s collection gave off a sharp sense of strength, passion, and desire.
The hair of the models was done by Priscilla Mifsud Cini and her team, and it was mainly a delicate classical high bun, coupled perfectly with a classical makeup look by Chris Attard and the team of makeup artists. This formal hair and makeup worked perfectly into transforming the models into manifestations of beauty and strength which built a canvas for Edith’s collection.
It may just be my interpretation, and yes in most cases the viewers can more or less guess what a designer aims at with their collection, but in Edith’s case, I think this collection is only just beginning to reveal its true meaning. Possibly because the true meaning lays within our own interpretation. Her work has certainly reflected her background in fine arts and her experience as a costume designer for theatre, opera, and film.
Isle & Aqua
Giulia Pandolfino’s work has been growing in popularity in Malta ever since she first appeared with her designs. She has many years of experience in art and fashion and this year has once again presented to us a remarkable collection.
The new collection goes by the name ‘GYPSEA’. Giulia transformed the Maltese coin to be the protagonist of her collection, by using it in print. Each piece also contained the Isle&Aqua signature satin elastic with rose-gold hardware. The models presented themselves in her collection, looking somewhat between a mermaid and a gypsy. The items they wore from the collection had beautiful colours and the swimwear came in many different formats.
The models had elements of glitter and a sparkle in their overall look, that resembled that perfect calm Mediterranean sea on an early summer morning. And as the sun begins to rise, it reflects and sparkles on the water. The lead makeup artist was Marilyn Montebello, using Evagarden makeup, and the lead hairstylist Lara & Ruth Steer worked on the models’ hair using Tresemme, both the hair and makeup worked in sync in giving the models this unique look.
Agatha Ruiz De La Prada
It was truly an honour to witness firsthand the creations of an international designer who has been in the fashion industry since 1981. Agatha began in Madrid and now her work is seen in over 140 countries around the world. Some of which are Spain, Italy, France, USA, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, and cities such as Moscow, Bucharest, New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
The fashion show showcasing her collection at Malta Fashion Week 2018 was very untraditional, in terms of how the models walked and the facial expressions they had. Her collection is so vibrant and fun but at the same time strongly carries a statement. It is not every day that we get to see a combination of such bright and vibrant colours together which bring nothing else but a smile to our faces. The lead makeup artist was Elaine Galea and the lead hairstylist was Vanusia Mifsud Vella.
To me, the collection together with its presentation reminded me a little of the true nature of cartoons. How, although cartoons are made vibrant and happy to the eye, the characters themselves represent a certain psychological or sociological aspect of society. This concept came to mind when witnessing Agatha’s collection. The overall look of the collection with the cheerful models on the runway has definitely made this show a memorable one.
Marco Parascandalo, a local designer who has first taken part in Malta Fashion Week back in 2014. This young designer has been growing with every day and is well known for his streetwear items, giving most attention towards the comfort and durability of his pieces. As a designer, his collection reflects aspects of the local issues within society, such as politics and the environment. You may notice how each of Marco’s items brings out a certain personalized feel.
Parascandalo collection at the Malta Fashion Week 2018 had a great balance for both men and women. Since he first began his designs for men, today his items are equally available for both men and women. The makeup was done by Jennifer Dimech and her team and the hair by Lee Grixti and his team of hairstylists.
The collection itself had a great variety of colours, main items had elements of different tones of blue, black, and white. The items themselves are very bold and direct in terms of making a statement, which fits perfectly in terms of streetwear style. Every look carried with it a certain character who has something to say and wasn’t scared of saying it. What was definitely outstanding is how each piece on its own, although from the same collection, stood out as though it was personally made for the model wearing it.