Summer nights and Maxi dresses

Hello ladies πŸ™‚

And here we are enjoying the Summer months. I don’t know about you, however it is the season in which social activities are almost on a daily basis, the only issue being…. what to wear!

I love Summer wear especially outfits for our Maltese summer nights. Clearly it depends on type of event you have, but summer does lend it myself to maxi dresses and palazzo pants paired up to coloured chunky jewellery…. and I can never have enough of these 😊

Maxi Dresses

I love wearing maxi dresses for summer, there are so many variants and they are so comfortable, that to me this is the “winner” outfit for the summer. I have a variety – pleated, floral, off the shoulder, button up…. and the list goes on!

The question is … do they suit everyone..? And I will tell you…. a big YES…. you just have to choose the right one for your figure… so read below and find out πŸ˜‰

Curvy

If your body shape is curvy, do not go for a maxi dress which clings, however neither one which is too loose – find something in between, a dress which skims your body. Bold prints will look flattering, floral is very in this year… so go for big flowers and colours for your maxi dresses. If you are curvy and petite, add a belt to your waistline or go for A Shaped maixs.

Slender

You can opt for loose maxi dresses – pleats are in vogue and a maxi dress with pleats looks very elegant. Slender figures can also opt for strapless maxis and if your bust is small choose one with ruffles πŸ˜‰

Which events are they suitable for…?

Maxi dresses are so versatile, you can dress them up or down for different occasions. It also depends on the accessories you add, and the type of shoes you wear with the dress. Stiletto heels will give the dress and elegant look, wedges are more casual yet give you the height for a casual smarty look. Flat sandals with maxi dresses look great… go for gold or silver flats, or beaded and colourful – have some fun with the outfit:)

One of my favourite buys this Summer was a maxi dress with a twist, it is off the shoulder, short from the front and long at the back. I wore wedges and pulled my hair up, to give it an edgy look.

Below are two friends of mine who wore different maxi dresses to summer weddings. Don’t they look absolutely lovely!

Ingrid in a Monsoon floral dress. Love the fan accessory πŸ™‚
Maronna in local designer Carla Grima dress

Different, unique and beautiful

Hello ladies!

How are you spending your summer months..? As always, I jam pack my weeks and even although sometimes I might complain on how tired I would be feeling…. I wouldn’t want it any other way πŸ˜‰

I was not sure what to write about this week… last week I gave the blog a miss as I spent the w-end in London for the P!nk concert 😬😬😬 she is a great performer and artist and I must say it was a fun concert! Also, her outfits were absolutely stunning!

This w-end I finished a book by Elena Ferrante, this is my fifth book of hers that I read, and on realising the book was about to end…. I ordered her other three books which I haven’t yet read πŸ™‚ I love reading, and summer wends lend themselves to this:)

Probably you are now saying to yourselves, but what is she on about…. pink concert, reading Elena Ferrante… isn’t this a fashion blog..?!

Pink and Elena Ferrante have absolutely nothing in common, however Pink is all about empowering women and seeking equality between genders. During the concert a video clip around this is shown to the 70,000 people in the audience.

On the other hand Elena Ferrante speaks about feminism as a movement and gender equality, and she takes it to a level where it is not about the obvious, it is not solely about women’s rights… it goes beyond that.

Have I gone toooo deep… well, these two very different experiences made me want to write about women and appearance and the expectations, especially our own expectations. We sometimes find it hard to accept ourselves as we are, we don’t recognize our strengths and beauty and focus a lot on our weaknesses. Dress up to focus on your strengths, stop apologising to yourselves about your imperfections. Skinny girls, big girls, tall, short, blonde, brunette….. each and every one of us has her strengths and it is not just about the appearance…. so as I always say, chin up, shoulders back, walk with confidence …. you go girl!

We are all different, but this makes us unique and beautiful.

Yan

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Glowing in the Summer sun πŸŒž

Hello!

Summer is here and the sun is shining…. and now I am in full swing summer mode! Last Thursday I was invited to the Summer event at Franks. The event was held at one of their shops – The Plaza, Sliema. Franks is no new name in the perfumery space here in Malta. It is a family run business which continuously reinvents itself. I attended the event with a friend of mine, Maronna and we had a great time exploring what is new in the market for the summer.

The owners and staff of Franks greeted us and we were treated to canapΓ©s and drinks at the wine bar and gin bar with a great selection of gin. The summer make – up collections were showcased together with sun protection products.

Two make-up demonstrations were organised, one using Dior products (unfortunately I cannot recall the name of the make up artist who led it), and another one using Guerlain products led by Chris Attard. They provided us with some great tips on how to apply the skincare and what make up looks we can create for summer. I particularly liked the Dior eyeshadow palette with a mix of nude, gold and bronze colours. I also love the Dior mascara, which I tried and tested – the iconic overcurl. Interesting were the contouring products of Guerlain, and Chris showed us how these need to be applied in order to enhance our features and create a Summer glow. The terracotta collection is always one of my favourites when it comes to Guerlain.

A third demonstration was presented by Claire Falzon, on products related to sun protection. I found this very interesting and useful for this time of the year. Claire explained what needs to be done in order to protect our skin and yet still be able to obtain a tan. She also introduced me to some new products in the market, and I obviously purchased one 😬…. and I love it! Shiseido launched a summer collection of sun products, some specifically for sports or outdoor activities. These range from a protective mist, to sports bb in compact form. This last product is the one I bought, and it is fantastic! It gives a light coverage, not too heavy for a day ay the beach, it is waterproof and gives that added glow. I must also add that the packaging is perfect as the product is easy to carry around and has a sponge within its plastic case. It is also reasonably priced. I spend wends at sea, and I still want to feel and look good so this product now made it inside my beach bag;-)

The selection and variety of make-up and skincare products available is large and we really have no excuse in protecting our skin. Make sure you apply the right skincare and should you wish to add some make up…. there is the right product for every occasion πŸ™‚

Enjoy your summer ladies!

Yan

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Pictures from Franks page

Malta Fashion Week 2019….summing it all up!

Hello πŸ™‚

Malta Fashion week is now officially over including the Fashion Awards. I had a look at the past week in its entirety and below are some of my thoughts on this fashion event in Malta.

Let me start off by saying that it is a very well organised event, to a T. We are lucky to have such an event, as we get to see not only the latest trends in fashion, but also the local talent which is showcased in this event.

The Atmosphere

We are in the fashion space, so hey there are no rules to what one gets to wear. There were people dressed in elegant evening wear and others in sporty casual outfits…. some others in latex and fish net tights. There were some individuals who dressed up in original and cool outfits, in the case of a few, I wondered whether it was just a matter of capturing people’s attention.

There were people waiting for the next designer presenting their collection, others busy taking selfies whilst the official photographers were capturing these moments πŸ™‚

The Fashion Shows

These are the highlights of fashion week… and to each and every designer one cannot but appreciate the hard work that goes behind each collection. Obviously I have my favourites, this does not mean that all the others were not good, however if I had to choose my preferred ones (excluding day 6&7 as I could not attend), here they are…

Jason Grech – elegance, edgy, sexy

Nilara – African prints, ethnic, extravagant

Ritienne Zammit – artistic, cool, original

In addition to these three collections, I loved Yana’s new collection of jewellery where we saw bold colours, feathers and intricately wrapped beading.

My outfits

The moment I received the media pass in my capacity as a blogger for fashion week…. my mind started thinking on what to wear and how did I want to present myself at fashion week…πŸ€”

I decided to buy a couple of outfits but also re-invent a few I was already in possession of, also to prove that we can use what we have an create new outfits πŸ™‚

I experimented with different looks, from an elegant jumpsuit paired up with a leather jacket, followed by a casual look in jeans and a striking red wet look coat. Third day saw me in a dark look including a black wig and no sight of colour. I think one of the favourite looks was the one with the tutu, nothing new was bought for that outfit but it was the first time I wore them all together and they worked πŸ™‚ I could not exclude my love of flamenco in fashion week, and where many influencers and bloggers wore crowns and bands, I opted for the flamenco version the peineta with flowers at the side – I paired these accessories with a long black pleated skirt and a redish/coral off the shoulder top with frills… to keep within the theme! On the final day of fashion week I went for a dress I love, a chiffon maxi dress with lovely summer colours…. simple, elegant and very me πŸ™‚

What I would have liked to see

In today’s world where we are constantly talking about diversity and accepting each and every individual for who she or he is…. I did not see body diversity being represented on the runway. Amongst the models, there was not one single curvy or plus size model, which I thought was disappointing. The New York fashion week fall 2019 saw 94 appearances of curvy models… a step in the right direction. It appears that all over Europe there isn’t the appetite to do so.Malta … why can’t we be the first ones to take the plunge and introduce some of the beautiful curvy, plus size models around! I believe fashion is for everyone, so let us make it for everyone!

Thank you!

A big big thank you to a lot of people who supported me throughout last week. Friends helping me with adjusting pics, others meeting me to take the pics, others helping me find the right accessories and mainly giving me the support and encouragement to do what I am doing…. a heartfelt thank you to all…. xxx

Thank you to all those who followed fashion week through my blog …. now on to new blogs:)

Enjoy!

Yan

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#MFWA19….. final night

Hello!

Fashion week has come to an end…. what a week! Today saw the designs and collection, VIVA, of Ritienne Zammit. An original collection inspired by the Maltese festa and the saints and martyrs celebrated in the said feasts, presented in an artistic manner. The outfits included Christian iconography prints on the material, however the outfits were edgy and modern. She blended in the local culture into her pieces and presented them in a catwalk which visually portrayed the festa. The backdrop screen was that of a church, so it gave the impression the models were walking out of the church, the catwalk had the shredded paper typically thrown at the feasts, and the models represented saints and martyrs and in one case Jesus Christ, where the model portrayed wounds to the palm of his hands.

Have a look at the pictures…. this was a great ending to the Malta fashion week!

This Friday, the fashion awards will be presented. In the meantime I am preparing my blog to give you my views on my first experience at fashion week as a blogger. I will also give you my views on the MFWA19 in general… so keep on following this space πŸ™‚

Have a good one!

Yan

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MFWA19 #day 5

Hello!

A day late… oops but here goes πŸ™‚

Day 5 saw new designers, mainly students from Mcast, followed by Metamorphosis and finally the Nilara fashion show. I must say Nilara was a true spectacle, the outfits were outstanding and the way these were presented including the music selected, hairstyles and make up… I was in awe!

New Designers

There were a total of 10 new designers who portrayed their talent. These are students who are still exploring the world of fashion and design; kudos to MFWA for giving them the opportunity to showcase their work, and provide them with a stage to strengthen their confidence to improve on their skills.

Photo Steven Muliett

Sanjay Design – Metamorphosis

The collection is based on the designer’s home town Ptuj. It takes us back in time and when you look at the fabric and the materials used, these are natural. The idea behind the outfits is that these can be worn in different ways, and by different women. This was a different collection all together from what we normally see, yet interesting and different.

Photo Kurt Paris

Nilara – Alkebulan Garden of Eden

The fashion show opened with the song This is the greatest show and indeed it was! The first model walking out with the outfit was striking. She stood in the catwalk for a while before walking to the front for the audience to admire the outfit and attire… wow!

Photo Justin Ciappara

The outfits were a mix of African prints and bold colours, I practically loved each and every one of them… the mix of patterns and bright colours presented something fresh, different and appealing! Have a look…

Photo Kurt Paris

I will not be attending day 6 and 7, however I will still be posting pics of the fashion shows…. so keep following the blog!

Wishing you a good day tomorrow

Yan

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MFWA19….. Day 4

Good evening πŸ™‚

So today two fashion shows were presented, we had the Gagliardi male fashion show which showcased both the spring/summer collection and the autumn/winter one, followed by Fiona Couture with the show called Woman.

Gagliardi

So let’s start off with the men’s catwalk…

The spring summer collection, named Escape to Lake Como, did actually take us there in our imagination. The outfits presented were casual smart which definitely fit the scenery in Como. Light coloured suits, but mainly trousers coupled with a different coloured jacket, such as beige and grey or grey and blue. A mix of textures… linens and cottons. One of my favourite looks was that of a white shirt (white shirts are always 😍) paired with a pair of mint bermudas, with a beige light sweater hanging around the neck and casual shoes. The mint bermudas are different to the blues and whites we are used to seeing and I think they looked awesome.

Escape to Lake Como

Ladies… I’m sure you all like the colour of this bathing costume 😜

I particularly liked the autumn/winter collection, named The Maltese Palazzo. Gagliardi presented classic suits, smart looks with various accessories such as hats, scarves , waistcoats and men’s braces. Sometimes it felt like being in the 1940s yet in a modern way… and I miss the smart look that sometimes feels has gone missing. Have a look at the pics and see for yourselves πŸ™‚

The Maltese Palazzo

Fiona Couture presents Woman

The other fashion show of the night was of Fiona Couture, called Woman. This was introduced as All that women can be, perfect in all their flaws. Fiona created some very beautiful creations. Each outfit is handmade and the level of detail coupled with the different textures used made this collection a truly outstanding one! I believe, that through the different styles presented, she managed to capture the different types of women or the the women we can be on different days… soft, strong, powerful, mysterious, fragile, feminine and so much more….

Thankfully the rain only started once the fashion shows were over….:) Keep on the lookout for tomorrow…… day 5!

Take care ladies , much love

Yan

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