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ondon’s Somerset House is remarkably busy for a Friday morning. It’s Valentine’s Day, but the bustle and excitement don’t have anything to do with the love fest. It’s something else that has women swooning and men, well, still wondering what all the fuss is about. It’s the first day of London Fashion Week and Somerset House is home, for the next five days, to some of fashion’s most acclaimed designers. Neither floods (the flight on which Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue US, was travelling on, had to be diverted to Newcastle) nor jet lag combined with hangover can keep the fashion pack away. The fashion pilgrimage is well under way as top editors, models and buyers fly in from New York, where Fashion Week kicked off, on a quest to fulfill one imperative task: A/W14’s must-have trends. I’m standing in line for the Burberry show, waiting for the doors to the custom built tent in Hyde Park to open. Burberry is one of the most sought after shows and editors and stylists from Elle and Vogue make their way through

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the crowd. After a flurry of air kisses and quick nods of approval on outfit choice, we step into the warmth of the tent. The air is buzzing and there is a sudden commotion as A-list celebrities swan in closely followed by their entourage and paparazzi. One Direction’s Harry Styles, Paloma Faith and Bradley Cooper, here to support his model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, make their way to the front row. A designer’s frow, as known in the business, is probably as important as the collection as the bigger the celebrity, the more press coverage the collection will get. Then the lights dim, the music is on and the first peek into Christopher Bailey’s vision for A/W14 appears on the runway. Cara Delevingne, tipped to be the new Kate Moss, opens the show wearing a bohemian layered printed scarf dress. Press and buyers look on in approval with camera phones in hand ready to capture key trends for next season. Bloggers turn to Twitter giving nano-second coverage on the show as the wall of photographers, located at the end of the runway, vigorously snap away each look, shouting cheeky comments to the models at any opportune moment. Once the show is over there is a mad scurry to the exit as everyone makes their way to the next venue on their itinerary. The fashion week schedule is packed with a list of back-to-back shows so there is no

dawdling. A line of black Mercedes, with tinted windows, await their passengers and whisk them off to next destination. From the fashion veterans to the graduates my itinerary consists of an array of designers with a few 7am starts thrown in. The Jasper Conran show was the one to interrupt my Saturday morning lie-in but he’s quickly forgiven as he is one of the few seasoned designers to grace the Fashion Week schedule. I rush over to Saatchi Gallery, where the show is being held, and almost bump into Richard E Grant, the Doctor Who actor, as I walk towards my seat. As expected Conran’s show is another breathtaking collection of stunning dresses in sequins and sheer fabrics, that has editors and buyers at the edge of their seats. It’s safe to say that Conran has still got it. Next up is British designer Orla Kiely. Allowing only a small window for my coffee fix I make my way across London to Holborn. Unlike other shows I have been to, Orla Kiely has decided to do without the runway and instead makes use of a stage to recreate an outdoors scene. Themed ‘Raining Cats and Dogs’, the show takes inspiration from film noir with a range of macs, teddy-bear-coats and knee-length dresses. As I move from show to show it becomes apparent that oversized knitwear is going to be a huge trend next season. Canadian knitwear

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designer Mark Fast unveils a collection of chunky knits in an array of blue, red, burgundy and pink, as does Turkish designer Bora Aksu. Also jumping on the bandwagon was designer Christopher Raeburn as he debuted his first knitwear collection that tied in nicely with his polar bear vision of Siberian-esque oversized coats. Knee-length dresses and skirts are back – this is down to Britain’s favourite television dramas Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, as seen at Paul Smith, Orla Kiely and Tom Ford in a range of fabrics and cuts. Patchwork, as seen at Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Illincic, was first pioneered by Yves Saint Laurent in 1970 and is now making a revival in a tile print of fur and appliqué. This mix of designers really portrays what London Fashion Week is about. It may seem a little surreal to the vast majority, however it only scratches the surface of the contribution that it provides the fashion industry.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW14, backstage (Sam Wilson, British Fashion Council)

John Rocha AW14 (Darren Gerrish, British Fashion Council)

House of Holland AW14 (Daniel Sims, British Fashion Council)

Peter Pilotto AW14, backstage (Sam Wilson, British Fashion Council)

Julien Macdonald AW14 (Shaun James Cox, British Fashion Council)


Previously, London was not considered as important as the other fashion capitals. New York is known for big names such as Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger – it’s where you will find the majority of the big budget shows. Milan on the other hand is known for the grandeur of Gucci, Prada and Fendi with their rich fabrics and a generous dose of the all so controversial fur. Lastly is Paris, with all the established labels shows such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Across the channel, London is known for its mentoring of emerging young talent as well as its acceptance of the cool and avant-garde. It’s where London designers such the late Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson and Christopher Kane made their debut. A few years ago Topshop launched Topshop Unique where select designers, coined as onesto-watch, are given a chance to design for the label. A similar concept was developed in 2000 by a non-profit organisation called Fashion East that also helps emerging young designers such as Jonathan Saunders and Holly Fulton make their mark. It is therefore little wonder that the British fashion industry is currently worth £26 billion, as stated by Natalie Massenet, chairperson of the British Fashion Council and founder of Net-aPorter. According to Oxford Economics consultants, the British fashion industry is also responsible for creating 797,000 jobs. By the last day of London Fashion Week, 77 designers showed their collection on the runway or as a presentation, on schedule, orders of over £100m have been placed, over the course of the five days, and approximately 176,000 mentions of #LFW have been made on Twitter. It is a whirlwind experience, but there is no rest for the wicked as the fashion pack continues its journey to the next destination: Milan. FM


tIMe Is on theIr sIde Bianca Darmanin enjoys some classic moments.

White shirt You’ve probably heard this one a zillion times, but the only fashion item which never, and I mean n-e-v-e-r, goes out of fashion is the white shirt. There are endless ways of wearing a basic button-down white shirt and it’s really worth investing some extra bucks.

Court shoe Platforms, wedges, open toe, shoe boots – in shoe fashion, styles come and go in a matter of months. Yet there is one particular shoe which no matter how old they are or what season we’re in, is absolutely timeless. I’m obviously talking about pointed, skyrocket, black stilettos. Even if you’re a hardcore sneaker fan, a simple black pointed heel is an essential. Slapping on a pair of heels instantly adds sophistication and a feminine touch to any look. Just remember to slip in some extra blister patches in your purse before heading out.

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Blazer This is one item that any grown woman must have in her wardrobe. Long, short, tailored or boyfriend, a simple black blazer is always a great choice if you want to look sleek and glamorous even when not paired with a suit. Blazers do really work their charm even over some basic wear like a tee and pair of jeans.


Cashmere cardigan If properly taken care of, a cashmere cardigan or jumper can last you a lifetime. It will cost you, but it’s a solid investment and the best way to stay warm without having to wear heavy knits and layers upon layers of clothes. Not to mention cashmere’s addictively soft texture.

Tan leather tote The best thing about a neutral coloured bag such as tan is that it combines effortlessly with any other colour you’re wearing. Whether it’s a brown toned outfit or even black or blue, tan pretty much works with everything, and that’s why it should be a timeless item any woman should have in her closet. Real leather might set you back with your monthly bills, but you won’t be tossing this one out a year later.

Trench coat No matter how many years go by, or fashion seasons, or trends and styles, the trench coat will always remain a staple piece in any era. This British-born piece, designed by Thomas Burberry back in 1850s, is still at the heart of Burberry’s fashion collection every season. Goes to show how something so classic can still have a place in today’s ever-changing fashion trends.

Summer scarf Scarves are a great way to add that extra oomph to any simple and basic summer outfit. Since layering in summer is really not an option, the only way to make that shift dress you’ve been wearing all season long a little more interesting could be by adding a mixed print scarf over your shoulders or neck. If you’re looking for one to last you a century, well you definitely can’t go wrong with an iconic Hermes or Versace silk scarf. FM

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et’s rewind back to 2004. You’re browsing through a glossy magazine and you come across Paris Hilton decked head to toe in a candyfloss pink velour tracksuit paired with a matching designer handbag. It’s the start of the craze and Juicy Couture is the brand to be seen in by all the celebrities. J.Lo circa her Bennifer (that’s Ben Affleck, just in case you don’t remember) has squeezed her bootylicious self into one of these creations and now everyone wants to be seen in one, even those who don’t have J.Lo’s credentials. That was the moment when the tracksuit transformed itself from the Sunday morning, hangover recovery uniform to something that you could be proud to be seen strutting around the high street. Juicy Couture had a craze on their hands and if you weren’t wearing their £300 creation you weren’t in the club. In October 2013, Juicy Couture was sold for a fraction of what it was worth. Why was this? Because sports or rather leisure wear had evolved. Enter the super cool trend of sports luxe – a little sports blended with a lot of luxury. Think silk trackpants, satin bomber jackets, colourful cross-body bags, wedge trainers and leather shorts. The trick of sports luxe is clean lines and using a combination of materials such as silk, neoprene, leather, mesh, superfine jersey and cool accessories that can take you from day to night with just a switch up. Although the name suggests otherwise, this style is worn for anything else but sports. And it certainly does not mean putting on your favourite hoody with stains down the front and holes in the armpit. Let’s start with the essentials – a pair of trackpants. Not an ill-fitting, grey soft cotton pair. They now come in all types of materials and designs. High-end fashion houses such as Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney have created gorgeous pairs in silks, metallics and leather, made with fine tailoring and prolapsed crotches. You can pair these creations with a cool set of Nike Air Max or New Balance 507’s for the day and then switch them for a gorgeous pair of strappy sandals for the night and still feel sexy and stylish. Leather trackpants in particular are huge on the style scene, which the one and only Kanye West has claimed to have invented for Fendi (who apparently declined his proposal six years ago). A pair of trackpants is the ultimate style piece and will carry you through all the seasons this year – it’s a good piece to invest in.

“The trick to this trend is mixing fabrics so as not to look like you are linked to a crime syndicate or friends with Tony Soprano.”

Footwear is another sports luxe essential. From slip-ons and high-tops to wedge sneakers and flatforms, there is a huge variety of super trendy and sporty footwear available. Recently, at Paris Couture Fashion Week, Chanel had all the models in their own brand new trainers (and in some cases even glittered kneepads) for the entire collection paired with classic textured effect dresses in darling pastel shades of pink, purple, green and yellow. Designer labels are all coming out with their versions of trainers – Givenchy and Giuseppe Zanotti both have popular high-top sneakers embellished with lavish gold details. To do sports luxe does not always mean you have to wear sports shoes – for the evening, a pair of stilettos is a must. Like sporty footwear, you have a whole variety of styles of heels that you can wear with the look – barely-there heels always add elegance to an outfit although if you feel less comfortable in heels then a more supportive pair will be better. A cut-out peeptoe boot is a great option – Balmain have a gorgeous pair (along with a not-so-gorgeous price tag). The final sports luxe essential is mixing materials and textures. Neoprene is a great new material to look out for – the texture is a sort of a cross between scuba gear and thick cotton. Leather, silk, micromesh and metallics are the materials of choice and there is no limit to the amount of different textures you have as long as there is something to tie them together such as a particular colour scheme or a highlight. Jewellery and accessories can also be mixed – combinations of yellow gold, rose gold, silver, gunmetal grey and matte black can all be worn together. Thick chain chokers and large faced watches are especially uber-cool right now, as pioneered by Rihanna and the Kardashian clan. The trick to this trend is mixing fabrics so as not to look like you are linked to a crime syndicate or friends with Tony Soprano, covered top to bottom in a plush velour number emblazoned with stripes down the sides. Mixing it up gives you the freedom to go from day to night just by changing a few accessories. In 2014 it is very fashionable to be fit. From green juice to gym selfies everybody wants to show off how much of a fitness freak they are. While you may not be training for a marathon, you can join the club with this year’s hottest sports luxe trend. The limit to this look is endless. Depending on your style you can choose how you wear this trend – just remember to think layers, mixing fabrics, just like Carrie Bradshaw in a baggy tee and leggings worn with a pair of Manolo’s and a maxi clutch bag. What’s not to love about this trend? It’s completely new, refreshing and intriguing as it gives the freedom to wear it in your own way. In addition, the fact that there is a juxtaposition of the sporty against the luxurious, there is the bonus of being able to go from Saturday brunch to checking out a new bar in Valletta with just a few tweaks to your outfit. FM

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MerMAIds And MerMen Kris Micallef takes his models underwater. “The idea of shooting underwater was something I wanted to do since I started experimenting with photography,” says architect and photographer Kris Micallef. “I remember my unsuccessful attempts at building my own underwater housing for my camera – eventually, I had to wait a couple of years until I could buy the equipment I needed.” Kris’s first experiences shooting underwater further fuelled his imagination. “I’m inspired by people and I wanted to create a context where characters come together underwater. I had to merge this fantasy together

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with my passion for portraiture and the sea. This is where the idea of an underwater kingdom came about. “The underwater kingdom, which I called Regnvm, is inhabited by underwater creatures, each of which tells a story of love, success, peace, failure, betrayal. It all came together in an exhibition and a book in which Stanley Borg has woven his own story around the portraits. “For some of my models, being underwater was a first. This was one of the challenges and I had to choose models who felt comfortable underwater. The choice of palette and fabrics was inspired by the colours

and textures underwater – the bright colours of coral and tropical fish and the more subdued, murky colours of seaweed and underwater flora. The clothing and masks I used were inspired by royalty, but with a more decadent approach.” Regnvm is partly funded by the Malta Arts Fund and has also been launched on the crowd-funding platform indiegogo. But the exhibition at Blitz gallery and the book are not the end of Kris’s underwater adventures. “I’ve had some offers to hold the exhibition abroad,” he says. “Apart from that, I definitely want to do more underwater photography.”


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Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? I have shot self-portraiture, a post-wedding and child’s play shoot underwater – however it was my first time posing for someone else underwater. How do colours and movements change underwater? Being underwater tends to create a surreal feeling, with lively hues of greens and blues along with the water’s flowing movement. What was your main challenge in this project? Apart from the choppy sea, my main challenge was to hold my breath underwater. i also had to handle two very slippery octopus while trying to look graceful.

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Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? Yes it was my first experience. How do colours and movements change underwater? The movement becomes sustained. There is more tension and pressure and you need more strength to define movement – however, the sensory experience is stronger. Water makes you feel alive. A high percentage of our body consists of fluids and when our skin is in full contact with fluids, it makes us experience something which is close to our conscious, to our inner being. As a dance artist, I felt that my body was unconsciously expressing that experience and through improvisation I explored my physicality in the fluid environment. What was your main challenge in this project? Releasing your body underwater requires stamina, good breathing and control. I realised I have lost my amphibian skills!

MAcrAM Borg

Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? I’ve been underwater with Kris quite a few times, both for his previous underwater series UNDRWTR and for Regnvm. How do colours and movements change underwater? Doing movements underwater was a completely different experience. Being underwater gives you that much more freedom to experiment with different colours and props, body shapes and positions that you just can’t do on land. What was your main challenge in this project? I remember that during the shoots for Regnvm, we always had a problem with the weather – either visibility was bad or we had strong winds and currents. That made working underwater even trickier but we always made it work. The other challenge was holding my breath for long periods of time while keeping a calm face. Having gills would have really come in handy.

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iSAAc cAMiLLeri

Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? Yes it was my first experience and I don’t regret it. How do colours and movements change underwater? Colours change constantly and there is constant movement. However, underwater, the body moves slower – I was so relaxed that it seemed that my body was just following the movements of the water. What was your main challenge in this project? My personal record is of one hour and 30 minutes swimming non-stop so that came in handy. For Regnvm, I also wanted to show my talent as a gymnast underwater and repay Kris for showing faith in me and choosing me for this project.

MATThew SciBerrAS

Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? Yes, it was my first experience. How do colours and movements change underwater? Since the water where the shoots were held is quite shallow, we could hardly see anything. Water works against your dive, so you need to empty your lungs before diving, which in turn will limit your time underwater. What was your main challenge in this project? Breathing underwater was quite a challenge. I couldn’t stay more than a few seconds underwater and I used the little energy I had left for movements. Every dive left me more exhausted than the previous one.

MArTheSe Borg

Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? Yes, it was my first experience. How do colours and movements change underwater? The movements underwater are more challenging. You need to exert much more force and use much more energy to produce a movement underwater which you would easily make on land. That said, being underwater gives you the opportunity to attain certain artistic movements which would not be possible on land due to the suspension in water. What was your main challenge in this project? Definitely holding my breath long enough to strike the pose we were aiming for. Diving down to the necessary depth and holding oneself underwater in certain currents is also not as easy as one would think.

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SLEDOM chriSTiAno VincenTi

Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? I have modelled on several occasions on dry land – however this was my first time shooting underwater. How do colours and movements change underwater? Shooting underwater gives the model a whole new element to play and to contend with. Fabrics move slowly, allowing the photographer the time necessary to capture the perfect shot. And the water gives inanimate objects a life of their own. What was your main challenge in this project? Shooting underwater poses several challenges, including trying to maintain a relaxed composure without looking as though you’re holding your breath. Also the shoot is both physically and mentally exhausting, requiring a lot more energy than a standard shoot. Being underwater the model can’t receive any guidance from the photographer as to what is working and what isn’t, which makes it all harder to capture the perfect moment.

AidAn ALLen

Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? Yes, this was my very first time taking shots underwater. How do colours and movements change underwater? Underwater movements are harder to execute and it’s even harder to stay still. Colours vary with the weather – when sunny, it was quite bright but when it got cloudy everything went darker and blurry. What was your main challenge in this project? My main challenge during this project was trying to maintain calm while going underwater and staying straight upwards, I had to push out all the air inside me to sink but automatically my body would fight to breathe and in need to surface back up.

doriAn MALLiA

Was this your first experience of a shoot underwater? Yes it was my first experience but I always loved the sea and felt very comfortable moving and embodying the space. How do colours and movements change underwater? It is very fascinating how everything changes underwater, you could see the water as an extra lens to the colour or a support to movement. For me as a dancer it allowed me to discover new ways of moving with a sense of freedom – being in touch with something so pure and natural allowed me to experience a new way of engaging fully with all my senses at once. What was your main challenge in this project? One of my challenges was to remain underwater and perform for a long period of time. I was so engaged with the whole experience that I wished I could stay longer underwater and manage to fully embody the elements that surrounded me. FM

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Zebra crossing FM enjoys a mania for monochrome.

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1. Monsoon Isla top, €85 / 2. Armani Jeans men’s gauze scarf, €75 / 3. Accessorize slouchy rucksack, €49.90 / 4. Esprit, €89.99 / 5. Suiteblanco dress, €27.99 / 6. Monsoon Farida max dress, €120 / 7. Carpisa bag, €35.90 / 8. Peacocks dress, €32 / 9. Carpisa bag, €35.90 / 10. Parfois clutch bag, €27.90 / 11. Armani Jeans tote bag, €160 12. Armani Jeans shoes, €187.50 / 13. Armani Jeans sneaker, €187.50 / 14. Armani Jeans men’s baseball cap, €45

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styLe stALker Kira Drury has her red carpet moment. And then she goes shopping.

the hIt LIst

Ashish SS90

Alexander Wang

Skirts over trousers T-shirts under slip dresses Crop tops Baggy jeans Slogan T-shirts Checks Backpacks Pastel shades Dungarees Dr Martens

so 1990s We’re going back to the 1990s, the decade of The Spice Girls, chokers and fashion icon Cher from cult movie Clueless. This is going to be one of the biggest trends of the season, seen at Moschino and Alexander Wang. I for one, a 1990s child, am super excited! I don’t recommend wearing this trend top-to-toe as it can be a tad full on – Instead choose an item from the Hit List and mix with everyday separates.

Mr Boho Hurray for the sunny season. It’s the perfect time to invest in a pair of super-stylish shades and I recommend unisex label: Mr Boho Created by four young Spanish friends over a bottle of tequila one night, the team pride themselves on offering something affordable and fashionable, using high quality materials and high protection lenses. Their seriously addictive collection is based on fun fresh colours and their super snazzy signature reflective lenses. Already a hit in the UK and Spain, with press in Vogue Spain, Elle and Grazia, as well as a huge celebrity following, I predict world domination is just around the corner. Order locally from Facebook here:

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ELYTS nICoLe sCherZInger For MIssguIded.

A nIght At the osCArs It’s one of the most highly anticipated nights in fashion and film. The only thing more exciting than seeing who’s going to win big is who’s going to make it onto the best dressed lists. The gowns, the diamonds, the shoes – a veritable fashion fest. Here are my top five setting my style-barometer soaring.

If you like yourself a little online shopping, or like me, shopping in general, check out Nicole Scherzinger’s super collection for online retailer Missguided. The former X Factor judge has tried her hand at designing and created a collection for the online retailer. The collection is made up of a series of smouldering cut-out body-con dresses and sporty separates all from her 30-piece self-designed range, truly celebrating Scherzy’s signature sexy style. Prices range from £15 to £50 and will be available exclusively at

JennIFer LAWrenCe

LuPItA nyong’o

Statues in Dior Couture. My current girl crush looked ravishing in red.

A princess in Prada. The colour, the pleat detail – this is the ultimate fairytale gown!

neW Look’s neW Look I was invited to check out the newly refurbished New Look store at The Point Shopping Mall. Our favourite high-street store has had a makeover, and boy does she look pretty. I had a wander round and enjoyed my special 50% off (perks of being a fashion journalist). The new layout is functional and you can really see all the different sections clearly. A quick scan around and you’ll know what’s what – no wandering around aimlessly to find a specific section. I especially like the shoe and accessory section – it’s big! The changing rooms are spacious and comfortable, done up boudoir style. I recommend you get down there fast and check out their great new S/S 14 collection – a shopping paradise!

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CAte BLAnChett ChArLIZe theron

Owning it in Atelier Versace. Old Hollywood glamour at its best – that cape and those shoulder-pads are major.

Angelic in Armani. The embellishments are dreamy, love the earrings too – topto-toe perfection.

Powerful poise in Christian Dior. Charlize means business in black – her silhouette is perfection.

FAshIon trend: here kItty kItty I’ve got more than an obsession for cats. I’d happily spend an afternoon purring away with my kitty rather then socialising with humans. So you can imagine my absolute delight when I began to notice that the fashion world has fallen for my feline friends. The high street is popping with kitsch kitten merch and I want it all.

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sPrIng At PIAZZA ItALIA Fashion stylist Kira Drury picks her must-have buys from Piazza Italia. Styling: Kira Drury, Photography: Nicky Scicluna

FOR HIM Checked shirt, €13.99 Checked blazer, €59.99. Loving this checked blazer – smart, effortless and stylish. Bow tie and handkerchief set, €13.99 Trousers, €24.99. Go bright and bold this season. Shoes, €25.99

FOR HER Blue dress, €22.99 Pink jumper, €14.99 Denim shirt, €22.99. Love the lace detail on this denim shirt. Ballerina pumps, €12.99 Handbag, €18.99 Sunglasses, €9.99. This season it’s all about round frames.

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tWo By tWo David Pisani and Elise Billiard explore two times and two places in Paceville.


Photographer David Pisani I think the greatest challenge for Night&Day was to deviate from the common perception that Paceville is simply a smelly dump of unruly youngsters. So much has been written in the media about Paceville in the last 15 years that the image of this place has been stamped in the national collective memory as one fixed (and frankly very narrow-minded) idea of what the place is. Yes there are issues – but then, what do you expect from a place that sells cheap accommodation and alcohol? Elise and I embarked on this project because we were looking at Paceville from an urban point of view. Paceville is like a micro city, and like all cities (think New York, Berlin, Paris, but not Valletta) it has shops and banks, a mix of long-term residences and transiting population, various nationalities, cafes and restaurants, luxury neighbourhoods and grittier parts which are often side by side like in many big cities. And of course, Paceville has its entertainment area as well as its red light district. Paceville has it all on a very reduced scale and in that respect it is a very interesting place to be in and to observe. For Malta it is even more important to look at Paceville because if we had to project Malta’s urban future, say 50 years

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from now, and assuming the rate of urbanisation in Malta grows at the same rate it is growing today, then Paceville represents today what the whole of Malta will look like in 50 to 75 years from now. So there are maybe many lessons to be learnt from looking at Paceville today. My part of the project was to photograph Paceville by night. I thought I would have a field day and would get all the shots I needed in a couple of months just by going down on the busiest night. I was wrong. Despite the concentration of people and bars, Paceville is an incredibly safe place. Most people, while out to have a good time, are well behaved and the whole nocturnal activity is concentrated in two or three streets. People do get drunk and I did experience the odd ruffle and street brawl, but these were very isolated events. What I did notice was that Paceville, while being very full of people, seemed to me a very lonely place at night. In many of my pictures I’ve represented this: people go to Paceville with great expectations of finding love or sex or some other high but as the night wears on, people are more and more alone. Another aspect of Paceville is that it is changing rapidly into a high-end playground. I don’t think that the cheap bars and English breakfast joints will be there for very long. Paceville as we have known it for the last 20 odd years will disappear without a trace in the next five to 10 years, so I suppose my work is in some way also a document of a place, just as the work I did in Valletta.

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Anthropologist Elise Billiard In half a century, Paceville has been transformed from a sleepy stretch of fields into Malta’s top entertainment hotspot. But Night&Day is not about nostalgia. David and I were not looking at the good old days of quiet Paceville. Today Paceville presents a most interesting mix of activities and populations that is quite unique in Malta. However, we did ask residents and entrepreneurs about the evolution of Paceville because to understand Paceville in the present, we need to look at its past. The idea for this project came about when we realised that what is usually said about Paceville is hiding part of what is actually happening there. Paceville is not only about discos and young tourists – it is also about the millennium chapel, the growing financial services and the luxurious hotels. In our collection of photographs we present a different view. Walls, pavements and passersby can tell a lot about a space, a lot of things that are not usually seen or thought about. For instance there are a lot of dead corners and empty places that the daylight reveals and the night conceals.

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We also wanted to show that Paceville is the same place by day and by night. It is true that nightlife is different to the goings on in the daylight, and that people, activities and feelings are different. However, the nightlife has consequences on the day life and vice-versa. For instance, the financial activities or the semi-gated communities of Portomaso and Pendergardens have consequences when for instance there are more CCTV cameras and more restrictions like no dogs, no bikes, no skateboards. From an anthropological perspective it is interesting to see the efforts made to distinguish between night and day in Paceville: the interdiction to consume alcohol in the street after 9pm, the arrival of the greengrocer van in the morning, the morning mass. The passage from night to day shows through the clubs cleaning their doorsteps every morning in a kind of kabbalistic ritual. How do the two Pacevilles – night and day – manage to sleep together? They manage with some difficulty, but they do. And it’s interesting to see how they manage to sleep in different beds. There is an implicit unspoken understanding of basic rules between day and night spaces. There are borders and time limits that are not to be transgressed and that are constantly being reinvented. Many residents remain in Paceville because they are attached to it. It is their territory, their community. There is actually a strong community around the church and the figure of Fr Hillary Tagliaferro. There are the big families who have many little shops in Paceville and some still live there, while others have moved to Swieqi. But even people who moved do come back, as they remain attached to the place. There are also several Facebook groups that meet once a year in Paceville. The residents I interviewed enjoy the international atmosphere and the seaside resort feeling of Paceville. That is a reality that many people do not consider: the tight community living in Paceville. Paceville is still in some ways a village. FM

Night&Day is a collaborative project by David Pisani and Elise Billiard. The project also includes an urban soundscape of Paceville mixed by French DJ Antoine Coignard (DJ COINX) who was brought to Malta especially for the project. The project will be published as a duograph by EDEBOOKS and will be launched on May 29 at SO Galerie. The project is part financed by the Malta Arts Fund in association with SO Galerie and Computime Ltd. For more information visit

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BOSS Parfums has launched BOSS Jour Pour Femme with beautiful actress Gwyneth Paltrow as the face of the perfume. Inspired by the first light of day, BOSS Jour Pour Femme is brought together in a beautiful blend of white florals with vibrant citrus. The fragrance has been created to reflect composure, elegance and inspiration. BOSS Jour Pour Femme now cements the BOSS Parfums reputation as creators of luxury, contemporary fragrances classics for men and women. For local trade enquiries, call VJ Salomone (Marketing) on freephone 8007 2387.


Check out Gauda’s new collection of Albano shoes. Albano is an unmistakable sign of style and class that defines the traits of the contemporary woman. Albano is a brand born with a concept of comfort and beauty, the manifesto of a timeless and irresistible made in Italy. Available from Gauda, Bisazza Street, Sliema (Tel: 2134 6957) and Manuel Dimech Street, Sliema (Tel: 2133 6985). Follow Gauda Sliema at GaudaSliema.


Lightness has never been so secure, and clear vision fit see better. seesecurity better. has be better. benever better. been protection tycane pro tycane pro so light. Samsonite, the world’s largest SEE BETTER, BE BETTER luggage O’hea Opticians have just launched the new brand, collection for Adidas eyewear. This includes is thrilled to introduce Lite-Locked, both the trendy Adidas originals collection the pioneering lightweight collection and the Adidas performance range. Their that merges two key features deeply product design engineers work closely with top embedded in Samsonite’s brand DNA: athletes to develop the products. “See better, a three-point locking system and the be better” is the key in sport. Adidas eyewear revolutionary Curv material, exclusive helps eyes stay strong and focused with top to Samsonite in the luggage arena. end technology, such as the wrap around lens Available at the Samsonite Store, and innovative solutions for optical correction. Malta International Airport. For further View the whole range at O’hea Opticians 191, information call on +356 2202 1401 or The Strand Gzira Tel: 2131 5590. Follow O’hea e-mail Opticians on Facebook. 3 6 0 ° visi o

- water-repellent lenses - ventilation system prevents fogging - 100% UVA, B, C - LST polarized lenses available - optical sight correction possible


The exciting new Mazda 3 was unveiled during a press event where members of the press were challenged to test their driving skills and knowledge with a series of tests organised by comic duo DanUSan. Brand manager for Mazda Manfred Galea introduced this dynamic latest offering from Mazda while comic duo Sander and Daniel put the press through their paces testing their skills. The design of the new Mazda 3 has a bolder stance. This model enhances the sense of oneness between the driver and car and also has high environmental and safety performance levels. For a test drive and further details call at the GasanZammit showroom.

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better repellency against dirt & water

- floater and head strap available - wind protection system - impact resistant PC lenses

n – vision in all directions in every situation

- ultra-light SPXTM material for maximum comfort - individual nose fixation - adjustable lens angle - 2 sizes

better repellency against dirt & water

© 2014 Silhouette International Schmied AG, adidas Global Licensee, adidas, the 3-Bars logo, and the 3-Stripes mark are registered trademarks of the adidas Group. © 2014 Silhouette International Schmied AG, adidas Global Licensee. Le nom adidas, le logo 3-Barres et la marque aux 3 Bandes sont des marques deposées par le Groupe adidas.

For local trade enquiries, call VJ Salomone (Marketing) on freephone 8007 2387.

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Gucci’s connection to rock and the music world dates back to the days when the House first started to dress the international jet set. To celebrate the House’s bond with glamour, power and style, Gucci has created a limited edition of Gucci Guilty, its iconic fragrance: Guilty Stud – Limited Edition. The limited edition flacons are adorned with more than 400 studs per bottle: silver for pour Homme, gold for pour Femme.

BHS Malta received an award for the Best MOD Store Execution, for the new BHS store in Republic Street, Valletta. The award was presented to Mr Tonio Camilleri, Director of Camilleri Establishments, operators of BHS in Malta, during an awards ceremony held last month at Tower Bridge, London. Dinner and further entertainment were held along the two award winning walkways of this unique venue. The award received for the Valletta store was due to the creative and innovative concept within the store. Its decor is a fusion of the ultra-modern fashion concept with the beautiful and historic elements of the old capital city building. BHS Malta was also given a ‘25 Years Trading’ recognition award.


the heat is on Have a magical summer with Jennyfer.

Preparing for the sizzling summer months, Jennyfer will have you all geared up with fresh flowing ammunition. For this Spring/Summer season, Jennyfer goes from a mix of rock and feminine, to lots of florals, pastels and a fresh take on summer with blue, white and red. This season the stores are filled with decidedly fashionable must-haves!

Find Jennyfer on Facebook and at The Savoy Arcade, Level 1, Valletta, tel: 2122 7073, Arkadia, Gozo, tel: 2210 3318, The Plaza Shopping Centre, Level 0, Sliema, tel: 2132 3102 and Bay Street Shopping Complex, Level 0, St Julian’s, tel: 2137 7185.

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ALL the Letters oF the FAshIon ALPhABet Do you want to learn to read this season’s trends? Here is our A to Z of spring trends. C C is for Celine’s spring coats.

B A Alloys - from gold and silver to metallics - are back. Lanvin’s gold creations are just striking.

B B is for bold. And for Balenciaga.

E All the world is a stage - E is for ethnic influenced fashion. Monsoon Inca top, €75.

F F is for florals on anything from tops and dresses to bags. Carpisa bag, €29.90.

G G is for green. Esprit dress, €89.99.

D D is for denim. Go for Rebecca Taylor’s washed-out look. I I is for I’ll have one of those. Carpisa, €35.90.

J J is for pretty little jewels. Accessorize Marseille stretch bracelets €24.90.

H Go Hawaiian with Fausto Puglisi.

K K is for Krakoff. That’s Reed Krakoff to you, the man behind one of the hottest brands right now.

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L What’s on the label? Logos, and plenty of them. Versace had a field day.

M M is for monochrome. Erdem’s creations are especially elegant.


O Oscar de la Renta - instant beauty. N N is for nautical. Esprit shirt, €59.99.

P P is for petals. Once again, spring is in bloom, especially on Mary Katrantzou’s catwalk.

Q Q is for quintessentially pink, the colour of the season. As seen on Matthew Williamson’s catwalk.

S S is for shoulder. Show it off this spring, as did Chloe, Burberry and Isabel Marant. R R is for red. Peacocks dress, €29.

T Dance to Alexander McQueen’s tribal beat.

W Walk in Viktor & Rolf’s wonderful wedges.

X X-ray vision. We don’t need it as we can see through Blumarine. V Vigour and power. Plenty of that at Tom Ford.

U U is for underwear. Give us a peek this season, as shown on Giambattista Valli’s catwalk.

Z Zips are everywhere this season. Get inspiration from Jonathan Saunders.

Y Y is for yellow, that wonderfully bright spring colour. Accessorize square city bag, €39.90.

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Armani Jeans bomber jacket €275, pants €200 / Accessorize clutch, €19.90 / Desigual sneakers at King Shoe Shop, €99.90

Photography: Kris Micallef, Styling: Carina Camilleri Make-up: Kida using NYX Professional Hair: Pierre Camille Hairdressing Model: Shadey at MODELS M

Mangano dress, €179 / Tommy Hilfiger cap, €29.90

Tally Weijl shorts, €17.95 / Armani Jeans jacket, €180 / Jennyfer visor, €7.99 / Carpisa clutch, €19.90

Monsoon trench €135, faux pearl necklaces, €9.90 each / M&Co skirt, €14 / Carpisa purse, €7.90 / New Look sneakers, €17.99 / Tally Weijl sunglasses, €7.95

Suiteblanco shorts, €27.99 / Tally Weijl t-shirt, €12.95 / Mango jacket, €89.99

New Look spotted dress, €29.99 / New Look striped dress, €24.99, sandals, €24.99, sunglasses, €6.90 / Parfois backpack, €39.95 / Esprit bag, €35.99

Jennyfer dungarees, €39.99 / Orsay shirt, €22.95 / Tommy Hilfiger cap, €29.90 / Peacocks blazer, €37, shoes, €29 / Accessorize clutch, €24.90

Mexx shirt, €55 / Tommy Hilfiger shorts, €89.90


W h at I k n o w a b o u t s t y l e It’s jewels in Yana Azzopardi’s crown.

Did you have a jewellery box when you were young? I didn’t have one jewellery box – I had around five. I recall my grandmother giving me various silver pendants, rings and necklaces which I would so happily collect and place neatly in my boxes. Since my grandfather was a goldsmith I was exposed to jewellery at a very young age. What encouraged you to take up jewellery design? Jewellery design was never something I thought I would do. I could never draw but I always wanted to be creative. I guess family history in this field enabled me to bring forward a talent I never thought I had. Being a social worker wasn’t easy and I craved to do something adventurous in my free time. I slowly but surely warmed up to the idea of owning a shop where people could come and choose beads. My boyfriend and family encouraged me to pursue this idea and before I knew it, I started experimenting from my own room. Beads turned into ideas and ideas into designs. What inspired your first designs? My first designs were simply inspired by hours of experimentation and research. I would watch fashion programmes and flick through magazines where colour and patterns would inspire me to design a piece of jewellery. After experimenting with thread and various techniques I moved to wire wrapping beads and eventually to designing beautiful bespoke statement pieces. Was opening your own outlet a risk? Being your own boss is a risk in itself. You need to find motivation and determination from within. I must admit the risky part was resigning from my job as a social worker and getting used to the feeling of being self-employed. I would say it has paid off because I’m doing what I love. Adding an extra touch to a women’s look is also satisfying in itself.

twinkle, twinkle Name: Yana Azzopardi Age: 27 Education: Degree in social work Profession: Jewellery designer at Yana’s Jewellery

YANA’S rules of style

• Style defines you as a person and makes you stand out. • Take risks. • You don’t have to overdo it to look good. • A little money goes a long way to look stylish.

What are your favourite materials and colours to work with for your designs? Wire, fabric, stones and metal are by far my favourite materials. With regards to colour I would say turquoise and purple.

How does jewellery complement an outfit? Jewellery is not just an accessory – it defines you as a person. You do not only wear jewellery to dress up an outfit but also because it gives you a sense of style. People should always feel comfortable when wearing jewellery and shouldn’t just pick any random piece off the shelf for the sake of wearing something. I have always thought that wearing excessive amounts of jewellery at once is worse than wearing no jewellery at all. Style and design are two things one should take into consideration. As we all know, less is more.

What is, for you, the main difference between female and male jewellery? I would say the main difference is style and the ways in which jewellery is worn. I find male jewellery to be a bit more formal and uniform looking, whereas women’s jewellery is brighter and more adventurous.

What does jewellery mean to you? Jewellery makes me feel complete. It does not only adorn my outfits and look – it makes me stand out.

What are the main jewellery trends for this season? Bold abstract statement pieces, geometric patterns, leather and stacks of bracelets. FM

When planning an outfit, from which item do you start? It all depends on the occasion and mood. Usually I pick my clothes and jewellery follows.

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In the BAg For Martina Spiteri, her bag held a career in fashion design. Photos by Steven Vella.

How often do you shop? I don’t shop very often… twice for every season maybe. Do you plan your shopping trips or are you a guerrilla shopper? I rarely ever plan my shopping trips and generally just buy things which I see and like. What or who inspired you to first start dabbling in design? I was always interested in sewing, but my first foray in design was when I needed a specific bag and I couldn’t find it anywhere – so I simply decided to make one myself. This bag was a great hit so I tried to make a few more. I also took part in a small local competition to make two outfits to show on a magazine. And what made you take it more seriously? When people saw these bags and the magazine shoot, I was asked to take part in a fashion show. The thrill I got from seeing my mini collection on the runway and the positive feedback I received spurred me on.

What would you never wear? Animal print. What colour do you think suits you best? Greys and blues. They are my favourite colours and they show my best features so it’s a bonus. I have also started to really love red. What is your current wardrobe favourite? Simple, skinny black trousers. You can make them look casual by adding a sweater or dress them up with a shirt and heels. What will you be wearing this season? I like all the trends this season, except plaid. FM

How do you get ideas for your designs: a sketch, an item you haven’t worn in ages, a glossy? I get my ideas from anything and everything. It could be the feelings I get from reading a book or watching a movie, something I see outside, objects which we take for granted. I tend not to refer to magazines for ideas so that I make sure that my ideas are original – but they are important to keep up with any upcoming trends. Favourite designers? Coco Chanel, Donna Karan and Yohji Yamamoto. Their aesthetics and what they convey through their clothes speak to me and they all empower the woman and her femininity without being obvious.

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We’re LIstenIng It’s a brand new day for singer Davinia.

A song which you remember singing as a girl? When I was very young my room was a bit of a Britney-central. I remember singing Oops!... I Did It Again a lot with my sister Natti. What can I say, little girls like bubble-gum pop. Do you come from a musical family? My mother’s side of the family is very musical, especially my grandfather. He’s not only a great tenor and talented pianist, but also a highly entertaining showman. As a child I spent a lot of time with him and he truly pushed me and helped in nurturing my talent. A song which inspired you to start singing professionally. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler from the movie Beaches – both are classics in their own right. It is musically powerful and lyrically deep. Although it initially comes across as a love song, it’s open to interpretation. When I perform it, I think of it as a thank you song to my greatest support network – my parents and sister.

tAke note Name: Davinia Pace Age: 21 Profession: Singer

Photography: Kris Micallef Wardrobe: List Hair: Clinton at Vigorous Make-up: Shasha Styling: Marisa Grima

You were educated at Tring Park and Vocal Tech Music College – how would you describe these experiences? The overall experience was worth its weight in gold. When I left Malta to attend Tring Park full time, I was very young. It was also my first proper foray into music. On a personal level, it helped built my character. I became a little more street-wise, self-aware and independent. Professionally, it was all I dreamed of and more. I was constantly surrounded with people who shared similar passions to me, and worked tirelessly at perfecting their craft. I was very driven toward cultivating my passion, building my skill and technique. My years in London took me out of the bubble in which we often get trapped in Malta. I learnt that to succeed an artist needs to work very hard and persevere in the face of rejection. Do you write your own songs? I enjoy writing – many singers do. My work to date has usually been a joint collaboration with Muxu. I’m lucky enough to work with someone who

is not only one of the country’s top writers, but also my best friend with whom I share a great bond and lots of history! We get each other in every sense of the word and this comes through in the music we make together. Be it the bold Betrayed, the sentimental You Are My Home or the lifting tone of my new single Brand New Day, the message is always true. How do you take care of your voice? I sing a lot, so my vocal chords are always on the go and drinking lots of water is a must. I also train my voice professionally twice a week. Favourite spots in London? Although I love shopping and London’s busy social scene, it’s Hyde Park that I probably enjoy most. I love greenery, nature and fresh air, and Hyde Park gives me just that – and a space to clear my head and wind down from the bustle of city life. Fashion and music – do you see a connection? Fashion is something current and changeable, as is mainstream and popular music. They are often aligned in the sense that trends of both are ever-changing. Current music often seems to inspire fashion, and fashion definitely plays a big part to how this music is portrayed. How do you choose what to wear for a performance? I know my style very well and usually have a good idea of how I want to interpret that style, based on my mood, the message of song or the nature of the performance. My team are really in-tune with me on this, and I’m grateful to have their expertise on-board. For hair I work with Clinton at Vigorous who is a darling and such a creative, and for make-up, Shasha is such a big character and knows the industry well. If you had to invite three singers to dinner, who would they be? Beyonce, Rihanna and Michael Buble. All are so distinct in their musical style, successful in their genres and (most of the time) send a positive message to their audience. FM

Davinia’s new single Brand New Day is out now on iTunes. Visit for updates.

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