Event: Fashion for a Cause 2014

Event: MYN Fashion Show in aid of Charity

Location: Villa Francia, Lija, Malta

Who: MYN in collaboration with The Marigold Foundation

When: Saturday 3 May


On a slightly windy afternoon, MYN – founded by Marisa Grima, Yvonne Desira Buttigieg, and Noelene Miggiani – and The Marigold Foundation – under the auspices of Mrs Michelle Muscat, the Maltese Prime Minister’s wife – organized and hosted the 3rd Charity Fashion Show in aid of the Young People’s Unit, Mount Carmel Hospital. The mise-en-scene for the event were the meticulously cured gardens of Villa Francia, which is located in the charming village of Lija, Malta. Before the fashion show kicked off, the invitees, patrons, and distinguished guests were treated to a garden tea party (served by Catermax) which allowed them also to arrive in good time and have a leisurely mingle while catching up on latest trends and news in the fashion and charity worlds respectively.

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The Supernova models were set to saunter in from within the villa onto a red carpet laid out on a generously long runway that made it possible for them to showcase the selected pieces styled very creatively by Marisa Grima, who was also assisted by Caroline Paris. The audience could therefore enjoy the array of styles, colours and designs on offer by the different brands, and all this in the name of charity. The S/S 2014 collections were by the following:

Monsoon; Massimo Dutti; Aldo; Marks & Spencer; Victor Azzopardi Jewellers; List-Roma; Pronovias

The dresses were sultry yet sophisticated, and the diaphanous material of the skirts made for breezy mobility. Ditto for the separates which were a mixture of sublime basics and robust pieces. Although most of the pieces are seasonal must-haves, for instance the colour palette focused on pretty pastels at some point, the versatile and classic tailoring of the garments make them covetable day and evening wear that transcends the whimsical nature of fashion. Indeed, the clothing’s dynamic quality attests to no-nonsense styles adequate both for work and for fun. The clothing choices complemented the purpose of the event as the stylists took into the consideration the typical woman who would make such sartorial choices, such as a businesswoman chairing a charity, or someone attending a more formal/gala event. Now for some images (the sun’s rays were a bit of a nuisance at times so excuse the resolution of some photos).

Monsoon & Massimo Dutti

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Aldo – all the models were dressed in white to offset the bags and shoes’ pops of colour

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Marks & Spencer – one of my favourite collections as the selected outfits make for refined yet casual wearability

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Victor Azzopardi Jewellers – this time round, the models wore an interesting array of black dresses as a minimalist canvas against which to exhibit the lavish jewellery

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List-Roma – royal evening wear in delectable rich hues

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Last but not least, the marvellous creations of Pronovias, suitable for gala events or weddings.

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The graceful yet impactful coda to the fashion show saw the models lining up the double staircase. 

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Following the show was the draw of raffle prizes generously donated by brands and sponsors (such as Pronovias and List Roma, as well as gifts by Guerlain, Victor Azzopardi Jewellers, AVF, and Sound Machine.) Kenneth Zammit Tabona and Mark Mallia kindly offered a painting each, while The Palace and Temptasian offered a weekend break and a meal for two respectively. The event was rounded off by early evening drinks courtesy of Marks & Spencer. Finally, I want to personally thank Marisa for kindly inviting me once again to yet another amazing event!

The three fabulous women behind MYN and the event: Marisa Grima, Noelene Miggiani, and Yvonne Desira Buttigieg

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