Royal, statuesque, symbolic. Three strong descriptors that usually embellish an image, an object, or even a person. The designs of Charles & Ron, however, need no embellishing words as they speak volumes of richness and sophistication. Yet, these 3 words are potentially appropriate, if only to try match the capability of the designers, whose vision for Fall / Winter 2016/2017 has been nothing short of inspirational and illuminating. The fact that Pantone, the international colour company, took on the colours used by C&R in their palette and garments is clear proof of the staying power of the designers’ choices. What is more, when one considers the warm red set against tones of cardinal pink and saffron yellow, the preference for these hues begins to linger in our collective imagination. For instance, one resulting aspect is that red is set to be bigger than before in this upcoming season. It seems like a ‘trendsetting forecast’ on behalf of Malta’s favourite fashion duo.
Apart from the colour scheme to entice our palate, C&R have once again been loyal to the Maltese heritage. This time,
A true homage to the Mediterranean passion for life and love!
they take on the Maltese festa, particularly the one celebrating their village patron saint, that is, St. Helen. This is evident in the motif of the Maltese Basilica façade on the one hand, and in the crown worn by the aforementioned saint on the other (which makes a striking motif in one of the longer dresses). It is almost as though anthropology meets fashion, yet on a rather different note to the well-known book that was based on the phenomenon of the Maltese festa (Of Saints and Fireworks penned by Jeremy Boissevain). In the case of C&R’s collection, aptly named ‘Saints, Love and Mediterranean Lights’, the inspiration takes shape in contrasting pieces, hovering between the sleek and sultry in some cases, and the elegant and virtuous in others. Above all, the passion and love for this aspect of Mediterranean culture is heightened in this collection.