Thursday, May 25, 2017

Castillo Contemporary Jewellery

Chris Castillo's work is distinct, unique and encompasses key characteristics of local architecture. It is always so great to see local talent! Creativity is highlighted in the linear and curved movements with hollow spaces and solid surfaces which give the piece a unique shape even when viewed from different angles. Just simple elegance.

Computer aided in the design which helps him push boundaries in order to achieve certain designs which cannot be achieved through freehand drawing. However, there is still the artisan touch which makes his work stand out more!

The Holy Collection is about our origins, religion, culture and heritage. Each piece represents the richness our island has which accentuate the beauty of our past and contemporary architectural works such as features from the Mosta Dome which all make his work exceptional!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 2 - Malta Fashion Week 2017 - The Gods, Vanity Rebels and Boho Goddess

Day 2 started with a collection named 'The Gods' by Herminas Reea who is a young Greco-Armenian designer based in Romania. The collection is inspired by the contemporary women's fragility and tenderness of the endless femininity and the magical beauty characterising the women seeing beauty as a goddess, or the woman believing in the beauty of the goddess. Herminas Reea's designes focus on lace and are handmade with diaphanous veils which highlight the women's innocence but at the same time her femininity and sensuality. 

Photos by Go Raw

Inspired by streetwear with a touch of Eas-London vibe, Parascandalo is know for mixing fabrics and textures to dramatic effect and to tell his own story with regards to Maltese Culture, politics and environmental issues.
The new collection 'Vanity Rebels' is inspired by youth and pop culture and contains delicate fabrics, embroidery and and a surprising mixture of patterns and textures. The PARASCANDALO staple, the t-shirt, has been reintroduced again into this collection turning it into a showpiece with the use of graphics. The t-shirts are partnered with deconstructed denim, comfy sweats and one-off unique patchwork pieces.

Photos by Go Raw 

The last show for the night was by Maria Cutajar who represented 'Boho Goddess'. Knowing Maria, she has always had a flair for Fashion and this year's Fall/Winter Collection is inspired from the bohemian lifestyle, which is describes the marginalised and impoverished artist. The main aim behind this collection is to empower the inner beauty of a woman and to make her inner artist emerge in the world of today.

Photos by Joseph Lungaro



Mystical Branches by Yana's Jewellery

Yana Azzopardi, founder of Yana's Jewelry, is a self-thought designer with a family history of jewelry designers. This year's collection is entitled 'Mystical Branches'. It is inspired by some of Gustav Klimpt's works, mainly 'The Tree of Life' which symbolises ancient mythologies along with the correlation of Earth, Life and and the after world. Trees may look similar but no branch is identical and each grow in their unique ways.

Yana focused on the use of eccentric rope designs which represent the tree trunk and roots along with gold-wire wrapping which is interwined into bead textures and fabric designs which symbolises the tree;s branch spiralling details.

"No matter how different we can be, we all belong in one universe and share our unique individuality" -  Yana

Photos by RonPhotography



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Malta Fashion Week 2017 - Day 1 - La Cupola and Unforgiven

Rosemarie Abela Fashion Studio launched the 2nd collection entitled La Cupola for AW17. The collection is targeted for women who are curious and it draws its inspiration from the Mosta Dome, Malta Skyline and the Neo Classical period. The style is quite a mixture of street style and simple sophisticated including arts, columns, doors and windows and silhouettes of the Mosta Dome. Iris Apfel was the inspiration behind these silhouettes. 

A monochrome colour palette with accents of dark blues and golds, black and whites accompanied with classic and refined textrues and fabrics. Black Neoprene playsuites, white high waist boxy pants were all paired with a detailed leather top with beautiful flowing pleated wool sleeves. Knitwear sleeveless dark navy dress followed topped up with twisted knitted dungaree which changes shape and reflects the Dome details. The collection ended with a white and gold combined skirt and top with leather closing details. Other unexpected fabrics included fabrics like fur, waterproof and perforated fabrics.

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

The night ended with one of the most awaited designer - Unforgiven by Nilara. This years collection features extravagant sytels with a hint of risque, with stratigically placed slits and cut outs which flatter the female figure. There is a twist to the traditional ballgown with a theatrical injection. The collection is based on the primary colours - black and red which are combined with French lace and organza, satin, velvet and embroidered fabrics which all promise a fearless attitude.

Nilay's collection always take traditional styles and changes their perception which push the boundaries with innovative designs and cutting edge designs and techniques.

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