Location: Sacra Infermeria, Mediterranean Conference Centre
This year I had the honour of attending Ferramoda, an event of great significance, not least because it was in aid of a charitable cause, as is the norm. The beneficiary of the 10th Anniversary of Ferramoda were the children’s homes in Malta. It was a gala fashion and culture night under the patronage of the Italian Embassy and in fact the collaboration between Malta and Italy was highlighted particularly in the Made in Maltitaly brand Ferragiu Alta Moda, which is also the brainchild of Avv Juliana Scerri Ferrante. Such events are important not only for what they mean to the local fashion scene but even more so to promote the Maltese islands’ Mediterranean culture on an international platform. Indeed, Ferragiu’s creations were presented at Riccione in the New Model competition and were represented by Claire Ciantar, a Supernova model. Seminal to the aesthetics of this Maltitaly brand are the prima materia which are sourced from Malta, Gozo, and Italy, such as ganutell, lace, and silk.
Moving on to the gala night, I was thrilled to see that culture was embedded within the fashion strand as Italian singer Numa and Maltese soprano Ruth Sammut Casingena respectively wooed the audience – I can never tire of hearing what was an impeccable rendition of Nessun Dorma.
Apart from Ferragiu, there were brands that made up the Ferramoda catwalk and what follows is a brief overview: Designer and Sartoria (from Puglia) Peppino Lo Iudice (stylist for men); Antonio Giulio Grande Alta Moda, whose name is linked with renowned actresses wearing dresses of his collection at international film festivals; I was impressed by the creativity behind every item presented by Lucia De Su, a Spanish designer who is inspired by African culture in the way the colours and styles collude in her dynamic and vibrant collection. The next group of images are a selection paying homage to the talent and art behind these brands.
Other participating brands were: Trussardi Clothing; Luisa Spagnoli; AG Italia; Rodo jewellery and handbags including Italian top brands such as Moschino, Donna Paulina and Pupa Milano (exhibits).
Well done to all, and a special mention goes to the people and stylists working backstage, such as Marisa Grima and Caroline Paris, as well as hair stylists and make-up artists. Catering was provided by Island Caterers and Camilleri Wines sponsored the wine tasting before the show.