Winter Wonderland / Pink Fashion Show’s Secret Garden

Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places. Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Location, location, location – a key element of success that has defined the Pink Fashion Show since its inception. From the Aviation Museum to sumptuous villas, from sports tracks to walking on water, the concept has been as significant as the clothes on display. Now this season saw models walk a very unusual runway: a garden centre. But now just any centre – a veritable secret garden of grand proportions attested to by the fact that an enormous crowd à la Gatsby thronged Sherries Garden Centre, filling up the makeshift seating akin to being in a garden. The fashion crowd also gathered afterwards for a celebration and the after-show party was as lavish as the clothes themselves.

Red Alert – as this winter’s colour, red adds a touch of glamour, adventure, and life to any look

Speaking of clothes, seasoned stylist Marisa Grima seemed to be influenced by the festive period, clearly punctuated by the sparkly gowns, hence a welcome ode to decadence and mystery. This winter, maximalism and the Roaring Twenties’ style seems to be back with a bang, with soft and lux materials taking centre stage. For example, these come in different types of faux fur coats (from animal print to teddy bear coats), velvety and shimmery dresses, as well as winter florals that somehow evolve every year into distinct twists.

Luscious Materials – this season is characterised by a return in full swing to velvets and glitzy details

Of snugly coats and lux outerwear – in chilly climes, the outer layer could be the centrepiece of your outfit

Some favorites of mine can be seen above (photos by Ron Camilleri)

Here is the full list of participating brands: Monsoon, Dor Boutique, Rosita Silk, Parfois, Jennyfer, Oltre, Furla, Radley, Kipling, and Marks & Spencer for the clothes and accessories, whereas ALDO provided the finishing touches in the shoes department. Apart from the brands, there were also the sponsors behind the event as a whole, namely Sherries Garden Centre (for the location), Casapinta Design Group, Chemimart, Jean Paul Gaultier, Liu Jo Fragrances, L’Occitane, Renault, Campari, Diet Kinnie, San Carlo, Tettiera, Uno de 50, Get Hitched, Oral-B, and Lamb Weston.

To conclude and latch on to The Great Gatsby reference is the following quotation:

 

 

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