This is a follow up to my Malta Fashion Week 2017 – Photo Album where I talked about my first impressions and all. Go catch up now if you haven’t done so already. I’ll be highlighting 3 key designers that I fell in love with during Malta Fashion Week as I mentioned in the prequel. See, I don’t want to write about how pretty all the clothes were, but hopefully get you to almost feel the experience like I did, so pardon me if I go into deeeetails, I promise I won’t be a bore…
So let’s rewind to my actual first day (not the day I arrived in Malta in the most stunning hotel ever. I’ll leave this out for another post). I had arranged to have fittings with Ritienne Zammit, all via emails etc. This wasn’t possible during the day, so I had an hour before the shows kick off at 7:30 pm.
Ritienne Zammit – Designer
Myself and fashion designer Ritienne Zammit. Wearing a 2 piece from her last collection.
I met Ritienne, and she was very down to earth. I warmed up to her personality before I even saw her collection. We walked over to where she had her last season’s collection displayed and she said to me to pick whatever I fancied. A collection inspired by ‘greed & betrayal’. So if you look closely at the detailed prints, it’s the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. I had to switch off from the religious me to the artistic me. Since this is all last collection, I didn’t quest further as we sat for a chat over a ‘cup’ of wine (or two). Instead, we talked like friends. If Ritienne was a Londoner, she would be a ‘Camden babe’. She actually said this herself. When I asked her about the new collection, all she said was ‘you will see’ with excitement all over her face. We didn’t only talk about fashion, by the third cup of wino, she spoke about life in Malta, and I spoke about life in London and quite naturally we became BFFs (in my head)! lol!
Ritienne closed the runway shows during Malta Fashion Week on Friday. Of course, I had a soft spot for her new collection ‘I love Valletta’. Don’t tell me off if I’m being biased. It’s a different vibe when you’ve gotten to meet someone and you see their collection. Again, it was a merge of art, religious rebel and history. In my opinion, Ritienne is one of the designers who express emotions through their art. Not necessarily playing towards commercialism. It was just pure and unapologetic. Here are some of my favourites. What say ye?
The styling in the new collection is quite striking. The lacey pieces are amongst my favourite, bringing in elements of romance to the historical print. My history isn’t great, but looking at the collection as an outsider, it seems Ritienne was telling a story, a love story about Valletta I would say. Great show Ritienne! ritiennezammit.com
It’s been a week since I got back from Milan Fashion Week, I feel like I’m almost fully recovered from exhaustion – you would think I did all 5 days in Milan with back to back shows, but that wasn’t the case. But, I felt royally drained when I got back to London and threw myself straight back to work the next day. Surely, those who do all more than 1 city during Fashion Week are super humans. I mean, some even roll out blog posts during fashion week. HOW?
If I don’t do this post on time, I know the enthusiasm will poof and disappear, the story will be outdated and no one would be bothered to read–am I right–, after all, many people would have caught up on all the instant action via social media.
A lot of other UK influencers flock to Paris after London Fashion Week and take a chill during MFW, but that wasn’t me this season. I conserved the little energy I had to do one city, and MILAN it was. I’ve done London for many seasons and Paris I couldn’t decide on, read my Paris post to get the gist.
So, why Milan? Apart from the fact that Milan is home to some of the fashion Gods – I’m talking Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana to mention a few, I’ve always been inspired by Milan street style. Like, I came back thinking my entire wardrobe needs a revamp and I need to sort my s**t out with my blogging life! – You know when you get that kick in the backside after being in the same room with some of the fashion heavyweights and other influencers (that moment when Deena Aljuhani Abdulazizand of Vogue Arabiya, one of my ultimate style icons royally walked past me at Stella Jean).
Also, Milan is the place for ‘over the top’ fashion, but done with a lot of class, which resonate with me. Colourful bold prints clashing — insert Etro, Emilio Pucci,Vivetta, Missoni, Fausto Puglisi –, but done so tastefully you can’t help but fall in love.
If you are one for classic sleek silhouettes, make room for Salvatore Ferragamo and Max Mara, add some androgyny from Aquilano.Rimondi, one of the shows I had the opportunity to see during MFW.
Aquilano.Rimondi Autumn/Winter 17 Milan Fashion Week
What I got Up To
Milan Fashion Week started on Wednesday, so I missed out on a few shows and presentations that I got invited to including Annakiki, Wunderkind, Vivetta, Les Copains, Genny, Anteprima, Tods, Grinko, Christiano Burani, Atsushi Nakashima…–I’ll stop here–. I arrived on Friday and went for a late event, John Richmond.
Saturday was a full day of presentations and shows. Started the day at Jimmy Choo AW17 presentation and ended at Aquilano.Rimondi.
Sunday was a lot chilled out, started at noon with Stella Jean and decided to give everything else a miss to enjoy a bit of Milan before my late flight. First time in Milan, I had to. So I headed to the luxury shopping district, via Montenapoleone walked to Duomo, stopped at Marella and treated myself a little.
A lot of what I got up to was shared on Instagram stories, here’s a cue to go follow me if you aren’t for fresh juice next season @astylediary_ .
What I wore
What to wear for fashion week is a big part of the preparation. I had little or no time to plan or visit showrooms to loan samples — downside to working full time —
BUT, I managed to get my hands on this vintage leather x Fux coat c/o Lennina @ 21st Millesime.
One night in Paris! Guys, I can not tell you how much I needed to get away. Even if only for one day…and I did just that. Coincidentally, I was in Paris same time 3 years ago with my other half, you can read about that trip in this Travel Diary. This time, I went with my friend. I think city breaks are perfect for friends. I haven’t been outside of the UK in almost 3 years, so YES, here’s to the first trip of many this year – so help me God.
So, we left for Paris early Saturday morning, had no rest, did stuff, went to bed at 4 am. With 4 hours of sleep, we were up and about again on Sunday. Got on the train back to London at 7 pm on Sunday. Didn’t get back home until 12am. I’ve been a like a zombie all week, I’m running on fumes.
We stayed at the friendliest boutique hotel and I couldn’t recommend it more. The staff were probably the only people that were friendly in the entire city…I don’t know why, but I find it very weird and hard to believe that someone who works in public service in a city full of tourists only speaks one language – French – and is not willing to help if you can’t speak french. I’ve only experienced this in Paris.
I’m not a ‘city break’ kinda girl…I don’t particularly find Paris as highly rated as people say. Though I do like cafe hoping and eating out.
I thought it would be unfair to make such conclusion about Paris after my first visit 3 years ago, but I’m still waiting to be persuaded after the second visit.
I want to fall in love with Paris. Genuinely, I do. I may have another excuse to go back this year for Paris Fashion Week, so I’ll see what opportunities come my way…
T-shirt, Etre Cecile; a french brand that I thought would be fitting for my trip. I paired it with a simple pair of skinny jeans. By the way, I have been living in these jeans. They fit so perfectly, they have enough stretch so they mould unto you without feeling squeezy. I took my Louboutin So Kate with me because I wanted to take this shot in front of the Eiffel. Of course, they also worked nicely with this look.
The red accent/accessories weren’t planned, but it worked perfectly. I’ve linked the entire look in my shop.