I’ll start by saying that last night was the most enjoyable one I’ve experienced this Fashion Week – I was unfortunate to have missed Suzana Peric’s show, but made it just in time for Nathan Micallef’s and Ritienne Zammit’s shows, which were both incredible. I wore green velvet pants with a bit of a bell-bottom, a white top with feathery details at the top and a cream lace blazer. I fixed up an unusual eye-makeup look, with a white line drawn over my eyelids – inspired by Tome.
NATHAN MICALLEF presenting REALLY NOT REAL
Nathan Micallef’s presentation was one I was eager to watch. Back when he presented as a New Designer in 2016, I remember favouring his collection as it stood out among others with pieces which each showcased creativity and originality. This year was no different, and I was thrilled to see the models first come out – The clothing was different to previous collections we had seen throughout the week, it was purely art. Sure, there were foreign influences, but each had his clear aesthetic written all over. The first noticeable element of his collection was the abstract pattern on the front which instantly drew me in. Little bits of fur, interesting patterns and a play with silhouettes – The whole collection was just so interesting, it was of great quality and certainly unique. It wasn’t just the clothing, however. The styling, for starters, was well thought out. In contrast to previous shows, it was refreshing to see well-paired shoes. The hair and makeup fit great too, there was this ease and effortlessness in it – Yet each model looked badass. The super-cool chunky earrings and a twist on the turtleneck, with the designer’s initials on each piece – Everything was cohesive. Nathan also chose to have his models walk right next to the audience, rather than on a runway, and the background audio complemented his ideas well. I adored every part of his collection, and will be on the lookout for more of his work.
RITIENNE ZAMMIT presenting I LOVE VALLETTA
Ritienne closed Fashion Week with a bang, and there was not one person in the audience who thought otherwise. Her collection was super enjoyable, not just in observing her creations, but also in the whole presentation of the show. Ritienne’s patriotism has always been evident in her collections, hence the chosen title for this one too. She’s been known to showcase controversial pieces or simply ones with so much creativity. Holy portraits were placed by the catwalk as some heavier grunge-themed music played in the background, prior to starting the show off with some more upbeat music. Her pieces were super cool, with images representing Malta placed on several of the outfits. Ritienne manages to really embody her culture and yet make it so fun and wearable – There are a lot of these pieces which I would wear myself, and the person who does pull them off will certainly be the centre of attention in any given situation. I was also drawn to her sequin dress as it made the model wearing it look fun and powerful. Her clothing may not always be understood or perceived in the same way outside of our tiny island, but it really is a work of art, and makes any Maltese proud of their nationality. The bits of blue leather and lace incorporated also helped the collection stand out. I cannot finalise my review without saying that Chris Galea and his team did a wonderful job with the hair, as it blended with the mood and concept of Ritienne’s collection impeccably.
And that’s the end of it! Malta Fashion Week 2017 has come to an end. I ended the night with a little bit of seafood and a nightly stroll around Valletta. Hope you enjoyed the photographs I took!