MFWA 2016 – DAY 6
MFWA 2016 – Day 6: Maltese fashion designer Ritienne Zammit’s fashion show. I have read articles and seen photographs of her quirky concepts from previous years and how she tackles controversial subjects through her collections. Fashion Week 2016 collection is in fact entitled “Je Suis” (meaning ‘I Am’ in French) and is based on the theme of obsessions and addictions including money, religion, sex and drugs.
Ritienne, very much in her signature custom of shocking her strong followers, is the only one at this year’s edition of the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week who dared to chose the most challenging catwalk platform for her show, a 45 degree angle ramp with steps on one side. This would make any model cringe with fear but they all strut their stuff like heroes and heroines, especially the lead lady of the pack, who also held a quirky cat in her arms down the ramp and throughout the entire show.
I personally took this ramp to represent the highs and lows of obsessions. There’s nowhere in between when you are addicted to something.
The Je Suis Collection
Her collection and show literally puts a spotlight on sex, money, religion and the limitations that addictions bring with them. Her high quality print-based collection serves as an observation of what happens when people take things to extremes. To Ritienne, it is unacceptable to judge others, when they are already in pain and to inflict one’s thoughts and opinions upon others. That is why I think they had black tape stuck over their lips. It’s kind of her way of saying “People have to learn to live and let live!”.
Make-Up & Hair
Makeup work by Elaine Galea and her team was awesome. Orange-coloured eye shadow and bronze on the eyes and excellent highlighting and contouring techniques used on the hand-picked models’ brows. Hair by Chris, Matthew and Lindsay Galea was styled sleek and pulled back most of the time with plaits and in some cases bob style wigs.