Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta is one amazing week of superb fashion shows, parties and events that reach the highest standards of similar fashion weeks held in other fashion capitals worldwide. The magnificent capital city of Valletta showcases some of Malta’s best talent in the fashion industry from fashion designers to catwalk models, stylists and make-up artists, photographers, bloggers, writers and other fashionistas. The week of events culminates at Chamilia Malta Fashion Awards show where the country’s top talent is awarded for their hard work in the previous year.
Preparations for the final awards night start months in advance with the setting up of a selection board to invite applications from eligible candidates. Once these are vetted for conformity with the regulations, an adjudication panel shortlists up to four nominees for each award category. These panels change annually in each edition.
Now in its 19th edition, this is the most anticipated fashion party of the year. Apart from handing out the much-coveted awards to the top people in fashion this year, the event includes spectacular hair shows and highlights from fashion shows held during the week from Maltese and international designers from various countries.
The 2017 edition of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta and Chamilia Malta Fashion Awards kicked off on the 22nd at Fort St Elmo.
On the first night, Rosemarie Abela was the first show of the week, Yana’s Jewellery launched a new exhibition whilst Sarah Caruana Dingli presented Pas De Deux and Nilara showcased her gothic-inspired collection.
The next day, Herminas Reea presented an intricate collection whilst PARASCANDALO went for a modern street-style theme. Maria Cutajar presented a range of knitwear and Castillo launched his jewellery exhibition. The third night featured Carla Grima who focused on swimwear, long kaftans and dresses, Ivory &, Co’s bridal selection and DESIREE’s exhibition of handmade bags with hand-illustrations. Rosita Silk Sense also showcased handpainted silk pieces and Gaetano presented a collection of shimmering and hand-beaded dresses ending with a performance by Claudia Faniello.
On the fourth evening, Gagliardi and Effacto Italia presented their new summer collections whilst Haute Couture designer Eymeric Francois presented Poison. The fifth night showcased Suzana Peric from Serbia, Natan Micallef’s dynamic presentation and Ritienne Zammit whose collection is inspired by Valletta. The night ended with the Mercedes-Benz Closing Reception Party.
The culmination of MFWA was the Chamilia Malta Fashion Awards which took place on Saturday, 27th May. The award winners are Malcolm Gauci – Fashion Stylist, Matthew B Spiteri – Fashion Photographer, Claire Ciantar – Female Model, Madeleine Baldacchino – Female Photo Model, Hair Stylist – Chris Galea, Blogger – Jade Zammit Stevens. On the night, a show was also presented featuring the various brands from The Point Shopping Mall as well as hair shows by hair stylists Penelope Tabone, Chris Galea and Matthew & Roderick Castillo. Ritienne Zammit, Nilara and Eymeric Francois also presented whilst James & Jennifer Dimech presented a makeup / fashion show of artistic creations using recycled products.
With thanks to Valletta 2018, Arts Council Malta and Heritage Malta as well as the corporate sponsors of Malta Fashion Week and Awards, namely Mercedes-Benz, Chamilia, ALDO, Tresemme, Eva Garden and Coca-Cola.