MFWA 2016 – DAY 5
With each day that passes it gets more and more exciting. Today, the MFWA 2016 – Day 5 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Malta, we got splashed with bold prints and silk, then smacked with leather, zips and corsets. Two fashion shows and an exhibition. What a treat!
MFWA 2016 – Day 5 – SHOW 1: CARLA GRIMA ATELIER PRESENTS OPHELIA S/S 2016
Kicking off the night at sunset, with views of MSC cruiseliners entering the Grand Harbour in Malta, Ophelia, Carla’s collection, was a colourful array of luxury beachwear with a glamorous, sophisticated edge. Carla specialises in digital prints crafted through a combination of watercolour techniques and photography. Her strength is working with hand-dyed fabrics to transforms them into what I would describe as a contemporary fashion style – understated in design, yet bold in colour.
MFWA 2016 – Day 5 – SHOW 2: THE GEISHA COLLECTION BY EYMERIC FRANÇOIS from PARIS, FRANCE
French couturier Eymeric Francois makes his way to the catwalks of Malta’s Fashion Week 2016. The designer whose trademark couture house codes are Elegance, Sensualism and Fetishism very fittingly sums up the spirit embodied by his unforgettable pieces.
In this collection, Eymeric Francois treated us to a unique show with the introduction of this mysterious Japanese influence through the Geisha using materials from original kimonos and embroideries with Asian themes and incorporated them into these one-of-a kind haute couture creations.
We saw a very long-kymono sleeve design with trousers, pencil skirts, shorts and full skirts. One impressive work of art was the one made with hundreds of zips layered together and ingeniously manipulated into a dress.
Another one of my favourites was the corset with the see-through full skirt with glamourous hand-made embroidery on the sides and a furry edge trimming to finish.
MFWA 2016 – Day 5 – EXHIBITION: DÉSIRÉE- EXCLUSIVE ART ON SHOES
On day 5, we were invited to an exhibition of exclusive art on shoes by Désirée Azzopardi. The talented young lady loves to create pieces that certainly make a statement! For this exhibition, this designer creates hand-painted designs on 10 pairs of Aldo shoes for both men and women to personify a character she had in mind.
Each pair is a fresh new art canvas to her, where she meticulously hand-paints each one to completion. Uniquely asymmetrical, meaning that the left and the right are not the same design and created to be the focal point in any outfit, Desiree pulls off an exhibition that would certainly attract the attention of celebs like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry had there been a crazy pair of super-high platforms with Desiree’s paintings on them.
Her forte is creating one-off pieces for the woman who does not wish to have shoes like anyone else.
Why wear common shoes like everyone else?
Désirée believes very rightly that shoes have a powerful effect on the way a person feels when dressing up. Her ultimate goal is for people to identify themselves with her shoes through a reflection of their innermost self, and this, in turn, distinguishes them from others in a way that mass-produced shoes never can.Thumbs up Desiree. Would love to see more from you!
Check out some of Desiree’s works here!