A Dash of Drama: Ferragiu and Nilara

Showcased in Valletta on this breezy Monday evening were two of Malta’s most innovative gown designers. The show tonight was held on Ordinance Street between the Royal Theatre and the new Parliament building. Models walked down the stairs of the Saint James Cavalier and onto the large marble flagstone stage, where they strutted around in extravagant gowns, amidst a large crowd of beautifully dressed guests.

First, Ferragiu presented Renaissance, a collection of gowns exuding a regal elegance with touches of tribal and retro characteristics. Through the use of several different fabrics, such as silks and wools, an eclectic array of shapes and silhouettes were displayed. A-lines achieved their body with box pleats and through the use of tulle. Silky floor length dresses hung loose on the body with bell sleeves as well as wide sleeves resembling those of the kimono. Silky capes trailed behind several of the models – a common trend in designs so far this week. Earth tones and organic prints with fur hats and shawls lent themselves to a natural, feminine aesthetic. Floral adornments added texture to waistbands and embroidered flowers on a sheer cover-up added a touch of retro to the collection. The diverse assortment of looks from the Renaissance collection left us feeling invigorated and empowered, as anything with the title, “Renaissance” should.

Next up, Nilara and her collection Painted Black with its dramatic interpretation of the black evening gown. With many references to designs by the late Alexander McQueen, this line was a treat to the eyes. Delicately detailed embroidery on sheer fabrics created sexy catsuits and bodices, playfully displaying the bodies wearing the garments. Long black feathers were used to construct skirts, shoulder straps and drastically high collars. Beaded black tassels hung on several garments referencing the 80’s vintage flapper style. Large ruffles and layers of tulle created 19th century silhouettes, while the intricate headpieces gave these looks an edgy, dark, modern twist. Dramatic shapes and structures sculpted around the models bodies as if the garments were growing on their own. Through a profound theme with exquisite attention to detail, these pieces exemplified real artistic talent and pattern making skills.

Guests left Valletta this evening feeling no less than blissfully satisfied. The show, although short and sweet, was a dazzling presentation with a dash of drama, showcasing design talent, almost tasting perfection.


Show review written by Sacha Kinser and Pierre Mizzi (Logix Creative team) for MFWA.


Hair by Tony & Guy and its artistic team

Makeup by Natasha Polidano
Assisted by Henry Galea
Assistant Makeup Artists Aimee Portelli, Maia Bonello

Makeup by Elaine Galea
Assisted by Krista Paris, Mateja Camilleri
Assistant Makeup Artist Graziella Muscat


Thoughts from our fellow fashion bloggers:

“The show showcased two designers with very different styles. Both designers however have great workmanship and high quality tailoring in common. It was a pleasure to watch both of them tonight.” –Caroline’s Fashion Styling

“Tonight’s show was one I’m glad I did not give a miss. Apart from both designers showcasing a perfectly synchronised top-notch collection, the location and the music were the ideal choice to fit the event’s atmosphere.” –Splashes of Looks

“The Ferragiù collection evoked the richness of the Renaissance period after which the collection takes its name. Intricate appliqué, clever panelling with contrasting pattern or colour placement, provided a strong aesthetic…” –Confessions of a Former Size 6

“The second show was also presented by a woman, Nilay Topal Camilleri. Nilara’s collection, entitled Paint it Black, was breathtaking as it was capably executed… Black is definitely the new black with this collection!” –Style in Transit

“Elegant, opulent, rich and sexy are the words that come to mind when I think of yesterday’s double bill of excellently executed haute couture creations by Ferragiu’ and Nilara.” –Every Beauty Addict’s Bible

“Gaby Curmi opened yesterday’s Ferragiu’ show, and she did it with a bang! It was the first piece of the Renaissance gown collection, meaning plenty of rich silks, wools and some very clever gold touches.” -Ask Dorianne

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