The month of November has become synonymous with the Pink Fashion Show and this year a particular buzz was generated due to its being the 10th year from the inception of the eponymous magazine. Progress Press, the prime location for this event, was unequivocally apt for this celebration, as this printing house has been providing readers with this fashion magazine throughout this decade, which one hopes will translate in many more (a special shout goes to editor Fiona Galea Debono for the stellar work). Doors opened to a very eager fashion-forward crowd, and my-oh-my was the turnout incredible! There were 10 more reasons for such a positively attended event, and these were the collections showcased by the following: Tommy Hilfiger; Armani Jeans; Miss Selfridge; Esprit; M&Co; Aldo; Karen Millen; Marks & Spencer; Liu Jo; and F&F.
In keeping with the aesthetics of the industrial location, the outfits and clothes on show craftily selected by stylist Marisa Grima were befitting in tone, colour and cut. Starting with the latter, I am very much in favour of structured dressed and patterns that seem as though they are tailored. Throw in a half-sleeve, some sort of panelling and conscious detailing and I’m sold. Strong contenders were warm muted shades of brown, (dark) green, and red (some shades were brighter than others which added the necessary pop of colour), as well as the trustworthy greys and blacks.
Among patterns that seem to be still going steady, one is houndstooth and its variations, which always look classy whether in a blazer or a cape. Speaking of, capes are a creative and sophisticated take on the coat, as they ooze flair in an outfit. Coats are still de rigueur in wintry months and the choice between a camel and a pastel blue one is worth considering (apart from the traditional black coat). Embellishments and materials in the form of furs, (animal) prints, intricate materials such as lace or stark leather cuts (the latter is having a moment this winter) infuse the clothes and ultimately the person wearing them with character and finesse. Finally, choosing between chunky or sparkly shoes, or between layered or chandelier-style necklaces, together with opting for standout bags or hands-on clutches, have primacy in creating showstopping ensembles and finishing off the look. Well done to all, including Screen Malta (for the amazing hairstyles) and Shasha (for the geometric futuristic make-up looks)!