Thursday, July 20, 2017

Alta Moda sotto le Stelle by Renato Balestra - The Chamber of Fashion Malta

The Chamber of Fashion Malta Presents “Alta Moda sotto le Stelle”
by Renato Balestra

Phoenicia Hotel Floriana, Malta

Renato Balestra will present his 2017 Summer Collection at St George’s Square in Valletta on the 21st July 2017.  He is here to present his 2017 Summer Collection at Alta Moda Sotto le Stelle. A spectacular event being organized by the Chamber of Fashion Malta, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy and in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta.

Malta Chamber of Fashion

Dr. Juliana Scerri Ferrante is a woman who believes that Fashion is Culture inspiring her self by Maltese heritage and a wealth of craftsmanship in Italy. Juliana's vision to form a community in Malta and Italy, where fashion and culture could merge and grow developed into this Chamber which ensures that maximum publicity for the young and new Maltese artists is achieved in events, which lead to a career in fashion giving Malta's talented, ambitious and emerging young fashion designers a quantum leap in getting international exposure. 

(Left to Right - Penny Apap Borg, Marcelo Noce, Renato Balestra, Dr. Gavin Gulia, Caroline Borg, Giuseppe Racioppi, Fabio Benvenuti and Dorianne Mamo)

Today the Chamber is well established as a cultural entity and proudly presents an annual and prestigious Fashion show. These events host Internationally acclaimed designers with many renowned Italian houses showing their collections, inspiring up and coming designers from Malta. This is a commitment that the Chamber has made to encourage more talent to come forward, and take the plunge to show their designs.

As a Chamber it has signed protocols with the leading fashion academies in Rome and Florence.  The aim is to send Maltese students and designers to these Italian academies and fashion houses for short courses and work placements to study, enhance and sharpen their talents before returning to Malta or getting offered opportunities to work overseas. The Chamber is also developing the potential of having Italian students doing their internship in Malta.

This year Juliana has handed over her Presidency to Caroline Borg who will carry the baton and continue with the yearly commitment of staging a spectacular fashion event. Caroline shares the same love and passion for Fashion and Beauty as Juliana and is an avid follower of the Arts, Culture and Dance.  She is well known for her organizational and PR skills. 
 Renato Balestra

Born in Trieste, Renato Balestra comes from a family of architects and engineers. It was not until the last year of his engineering studies, however, that he became involved in fashion, creating a design in response to a bet made among friends.

It is fair to say that fashion chose Renato Balestra, rather than Renato Balestra chose fashion. The move from Milan to Rome was rapid. He started to collaborate with the most important fashion houses in Rome of the time such as the Sorelle Fontana and Shuberth. He enjoyed working for the movie industry.  In not time Renato Balestra opened his first Roman Atelier in Via Gregoriana.  However, a few years later, Via Sistina, became the symbol of Maison Balestra where the designer began his rise to international fame and where he welcomed and created gowns for the most elegant women in the world.

Throughout his career, Renato Balestra has been invited to present his Collections all over the World, and acclaimed with huge international success.  Mr Balestra has been awarded International and National prestigious prizes in recognition of his talent. He prides himself for having designed for famous clients and worldwide celebrities including First Ladies, Princesses and actresses. Renato Balestra has designed the costumes for various theatre operas as well as airline uniforms. 

Maison Balestra is one of the few Italian firms that is still owned by the family combined with a strongly managerial Company structure. Theirs is a tradition that is constantly evolving. 

The Malta Chamber of Fashion is honored to have made this possible with the commitment and invaluable support from it's sponsors and patrons namely The Phoenicia, Porsche, Nexos, SU29, Air Malta, MTA, Star Casinos, Environ, Dean Gera, MAC, Victor Azzopardi Jewelers, Niumee, Retail International, Myoka, Costa Cafe, Elegance Chauffeur Service, Bernard Polidano, Pearl Beach, Charles Grech & CO, Tower Supermarkets, Professional Security Service, Island Caterers, Magnum, Penny Apap Brown, Charles & Ron, Gruppo Inventa, Corpo Diplomatico, GOES, Skyworth, KKERLY, Parthenope, Frank Salt and Muran.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Thalgo Prodige des Océans Launch + Review

I have previously tried the Thalgo M Ceutic range a while back and I was very much impressed with the brand. Check out the post here. This time the Prodige des Océans range was launched. 

The event took place at the beautiful Radisson Hotel in Saint George's Bay. It started with a presentation on the brand Thalgo followed by a presentation on the new range. 

This range incorporates active ingredients found in the ocean which work in perfect harmony with our cellular environment. The Ocean holds exceptional revitalising active ingredients which are easily assimilated by the skin. After 4 years of research, 3 active sources - Bioactive seawater, Native Maritime Cells and Multicellular Alga were developed and incorporated in this range. The range contains 63 Marine Nutrients which are the key to youthful-looking skin. 

One of the products from the range is the Prodige des Océans Mask. It has an ultra refreshing, foaming texture with pure oxygen and Hyaluronic Acid Microspheres with the Intelligence Marine Régénérative. This complex improves skin clarity and complexion. I like to use this as a night cream just before going to sleep although it is technically a mask which you are supposed to leave only for some minutes. It leaves the skin smooth and plump and ultra soft. I find that the skin is refreshed and more radiant in the morning. I like to use this mask when I feel my skin needs a bit of a boost, when my skin is dull and dehydrated. It is suggested to use the mask around twice a week, and I think it is ideal. Once opened the top layer starts to foam up which makes the mask feel quite fresh on the skin.

I always suggest to invest in some good quality skincare. The range is a bit pricey but I strongly believe in products which are backed up by years of research, and it is always good to take care of your skin with good products.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Outfit post 3 - Retro Elegance

I decide to name this outfit as Retro Elegance as the minute I saw this dress, it reminded me of the 20's and 30's. It has that vintage kind of feel but it is contemporary at the same time. I wore this dress at the Malta Fashion Week and Awards, thanks to Raja & Co. in Hamrun. It is just a road up from where I live and I am constantly staring at the display. Honestly, you can find dresses for all occasions and I just simply love the shop and Jeff and his Mum! It is my go to place for when I need a glamorous/stylish dress!

Dress : Raja & Co.
Shoes: Bata
Earrings: Raja & Co.
Hair: Marika Calleja
Photo: Neil Psaila
Monday, July 3, 2017

Avene New Summer Products

Summer has definitely kicked in in Malta. It is blazing hot and the sun is scorching. Therefore, SPF is a must for sure! A while bag I was invited to the launch of these new products. The event started with an in-depth presentation on the brand and the science behind the new products. It was followed by some nibbles and bubbly!

This event marks the launch of the new Avene SunsiMed skin care product. It is a protection which offers you a solution perfectly adapted to skin with sun hypersensibility. 
Sunsimed contains an exclusive photoprotective complex which protects your skin against the UV rays daily. It has a photostable filter system for optimal UVB-UVA protection and a powerful antioxidant, Pre-Tocopheryl for enhanced cellular protection. Enriched in Avene Thermal Spring Water, recognized for its soothing and anti-irritating properties.

The Avene Eau Thermale thermal spring water is a life saver all year round. I love to leave it in the fridge so as to keep it cool and fresh in summer. I honestly spray it all the time even before makeup. It is suitable for sensitive skin. It can be used for a variety of purposes too such as sunburn, diaper rashes and more!

As you all know sunscreen is a must in summer, and I am always looking for good ones. Ones which do not take ages to sink in and ones which do not leave the skin sticky. 
The Avene Eau Thermale SPF  Spray sunscreen is just the ideal sunscreen. I like that it is in a spray form and that it doesn't really leave the skin sticky. It has a high SPF of 50 which is the recommended level. It has a broad spectrum of protection and is photostable and water resistant which means that it offers protection for several hours. Keep in mind that sunscreen should be applied should be applied multiple times during the day. It is also silicone free too.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Pink Fashion Show - Making Waves

I attended my first Pink Fashion Show organised by the Times of Malta this year and I was very much impressed! The Making Waves show was so carefully planned and it was set in the newly refurbished Ray's Lido at Little Armier Bay. 

Photos thanks to JCiappara

The event started with the models leaving from a yacht on jet-skis showcasing swimwear from Goldenpoint and sunglasses from O'hea Opticians.

Next show presented dresses from Joseph Ribkoff and Furla bags with added fun touches!

Ipanema was next! They are known for their casual but stylish flipflops.

Stefania's was next! I have heard of this brand but I never ventured in trying on any clothes. 

Carla Grima presented some gorgeous silk kaftans and swimwear. The collection featured beautiful pieces which were paired with eye wear from Optika Opticians.

Next was Coccinelle, whom I absolutely love and I splurged in getting a bag which I absolutely adore!

Orsay was next with some gorgeous summer outfits!

DOR Boutique presented summer clothes which are fresh but glam at the same time.

Last show was by Rebelli which is a name associated with luxury brands including Michael Kors and Versace Jeans among others.

After the show we headed down on to the beach for an after show party. There was the launch of the new Ted Baker available at Sunlab.

I also got the chance of tasting the new Magnum Double Coconut which is just heaven!!