6 June 2014
Malta's capital city is a major historical attraction in itself. Valletta is full of culture, history and art. During the end of May 2014 it also became the focal point for this year's, 'Malta Fashion Week'.
Adrian Mizzi, executive producer of the entire week's events stated “The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is using Malta as a platform to show a different image of the island to that expected, all weekday events in public places are free for the public to attend." The events-packed week opened on Saturday 24 May, with two solo designer shows held in the morning in Republic Street, Ritienne Zammit and Creative Factory 7, and a New Designers Fashion Show at the Casino Maltese featuring 12 designers.
Local designer Caroline Hili launched her collection in Malta on the Renzo Piano Steps in Republic Street as well as local designers Charles and Ron who held their fashion show at St Elmo Square.
Tiffany Pisani (The Maltese model who won the TV show Britain’s Next Top Model 2010) displayed her new swimwear collection in collaboration with Malta's Maritime Heritage at St George's Square. It was a truly unique combination of fashion, heritage and culture.
Foreign designers also attended Fashion Week with bridal pieces from Spain (Pronovias) France (Wedding Bells) and Italy (Loredana Roccasalva) at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.
Local fashion brand Gagliardi displayed its collection, as part of Bortex’s 50th anniversary at the National Library. Mr Mizzi commented that this may have been the first fashion show to be held there.
International designers from Serbia, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and France took part in the International Designers Show at the Pjazza Regina.
Since 1997, the week-long celebration of fashion, heritage and culture serves as a platform for attracting international publicity for Maltese talent and to show all that Malta has to offer in this sector. Malta Fashion Awards aim to reward local talent working in Malta’s fashion industry which continues to grow and improve year after year.
Hair stylist Patrick Cameron was a special guest at the event and held hair seminars which were attended by both local and international hair stylists.
will be showing parts of the event in 200 million households on seven continents and the great support of the local media ensured that this will also be well known in Malta and Gozo.
Author: Adam Claffey