It was my first time viewing Gabrielle Fenech’s work and I must say it was certainly something different. Gabrielle showcased her collection “Ruby Carol” in the form of a presentation. In short, her collection surpassed the line of safe and skipped on over to edgy and expressive.
“Ruby Carol” was inspired by 70s punk movement and the 80s new romantics in France. The collection focused on individuality, diversity and self-acceptance. I find punk a tad heavy, but Gabrielle certainly made it work so well. With the right amount of fitted items to accentuate the model’s figure, to elements of high gloss texture and my most favourite, items with large safety pins placed on an unequal shaped skirt. With colours ranging from white, black, dark red, blue and a stunning touch of turquoise, her pieces certainly make a statement.
May I just add what an incredible job the makeup artists and hairstylists did for the models. The bright eyes and carefully separated and banded hair, fit so well with the edgy items that Gabrielle presented to us.
It was Herman Vassallo’s first appearance during Malta Fashion Week and he introduced himself with his collection “Dynasty”. The collection was inspired by the classical trends with a contemporary touch, using materials such as chiffon and satin with a little lace embroidery.
What stood out the most for me from Herman’s work are the actual designs. Many of his pieces had very original cuts and openings in the gowns. My personal favourite was the beautiful open back element that was seen in a suit and dress worn by two of the models. Apart from tight fitted items, Herman had many loose items, which are simply perfect for a hot summer.
One of my favourites was the loose ankle-long trousers which had a slit on the side, combined nicely with an oversized, vibrant coloured light poncho styled top. I look forward to seeing more of Herman’s work in the future, but for now, here are some shots from his collection:
This was a show I have been looking forward to ever since I saw Ocantos’ on the list of designers and looked into his background. Ocantos from Argentina is primarily a painter and his fashion items are inspired by his own paintings. The collection we were presented with took us back to the Inca, an empire which existed for about some 100 years.
Ocantos’ collection mainly consisted of vibrant colours, which is also something that the Inca had back in their time. A constant touch, sometimes just a splash and sometimes the main colour, of a light brown/ soft orange tone. It was blended in with other colours like red, green, yellow and many others. But the use of this tone was noticeable and reminds us of the Inca, as their skin tone was mainly a sun kissed golden shade. There were also items with stunning shades of blue, as well as a mix of blue and green.
In terms of styles, all his items were loose fitting, with materials that were light and very flowy. His collection not only showcased the use of many colours, but also the use of different shapes and cuts in one outfit. The combination of the different colours and clothing items which had different shapes, made an outfit look as a beautiful puzzle.