The more time that passes, the more I loathe long detailed collection reviews. People’s attention span grows shorter and shorter and everyone just wants the good stuff and quick. But this time, I’ll make an exception because it’s that grand. This is the first blog post part of the Runway Autumn/Winter 2012 show I attended last Saturday. The first part of the show was the Mdina Glass New Designer Competition where 5 Maltese finalists showed 4 outfits each on the catwalk in a bid to win a full month’s exhibition at Mdina Glass, a solo show at the Runway Spring/Summer 2013 event in March and the possibility to be chosen by the great Fashionclash Maastricht for next year. Among these 5 finalists was Sef Farrugia and she hit my curiosity to see what she has in store for Spring/Summer 2013 with a shiny colourful castanet.
While talking to Sef she explained how it all begun with her love for Frida Kahlo, her poetry and her painting ‘Roots’. It ended up being a cross between Frida Kahlo and a hint of the comedian Carmen Miranda. But instead of taking on the dark side of Frida Kahlo’s life and her struggles, Sef opted for the lighter side of the Latin world. Having grown up in the heart of the Mediterranean obviously also influenced this aesthetic.
Blue was the main colour throughout the collection hinting Frida Kahlo’s house ‘Casa Azul’ – also the name of the collection. The palette paid great attention to the Mdina Glass collection where primary colours are dominant. “I also find that Mdina Glass are very much Mediterranean in their shapes and palettes so it was a perfect combination,” said Sef.
The silhouettes are loose and contrasted with structured pieces. It is a mix of traditional cut Mexican silhouettes with contemporary loose silhouettes. Materials ranged anywhere from cotton to silk to chiffon to LUREX! Everyone knows I love me some shiny lurex so it didn’t take long for Sef’s 4-piecer to win me over. Fan favourite Sef Farrugia prints returned this season in the form of geometric patterns mixed with organic florals, trees and funghi.
The first look set the mood for the whole collection – geometric prints with funghi motif forming crosses paired with a knitted colourblocked loose-fitting trousers.
The second look was head-to-toe knitwear which we all know is where Sef accels. Lurex stripes and peplum come together with hundreds of hand cut and sewn flowers.
Geometric knitwear returned in look three but this time paired with a pleated and printed culotte.
The final look is the one which mostly hints Frida’s Mexican background and my favourite. The blue hue is dominant, the print is organic with great detail, the mid-drift is bare, sheer but still bold. A perfect coming together of colour, print, texture and drama.
Sef Farrugia went on to win the Mdina Glass New Designer Competition and it had me tearing up a little bit. I’m so happy and proud that a Maltese designer is bringing forth such innovative contemporary designs and I’m expecting great things from this woman in the future. If that wasn’t enough good news, it gets better – Sef revealed more looks will be added to these 4 for a whole Spring/Summer 2013 range! Can’t wait to see the whole deal. In the meantime, you can watch the finale walk below.