One of last night’s fashion shows at the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week was Gaetano’s NYMPH collection. Last year Gaetano won the best new designer award and this year he put together his own show. This is Gaetano’s first solo fashion show and I’m certainly impressed. His inspiration for the collection is the female form. Gaetano is a feminist and thinks that women should be “Seductive yet sophisticated, wild yet in control, sexy and admired; empowered and always a winner… like a NYMPH.” You can read more about Gaetano in my interview with him in the blog post from last week here.
The show itself was at night at Fort St Angelo and this was a fantastic setting for the pieces that he created that were mainly in black and gold with lace, velvet and beading frequently used in his pieces. I think that in the show, the NYMPH element was captured perfectly. Although fashion stylist Caroline Paris thinks that the makeup and hair should have been kept simple and fresh, I personally thought that the gold and glitter elements in the makeup on the face and the wild hair really did make the models look like what I imagine mythical nymphs looked like. I think that the makeup and styling really matched Gaetano’s aesthetic and I appreciate that he went for that.
As for the pieces themselves, the outfits were very detailed and intricate. I can’t say that I was in love with every piece but there were certainly quite a few pieces that resonated with me. My only comment would be that a lot of my favourite outfits can only be worn by tall and thin models. For example, I simply adore the first outfit down below but I personally wouldn’t feel “Seductive yet sophisticated, wild yet in control, sexy and admired; empowered and always a winner” if I were to wear it. I would probably feel like “holy crap, my butt is hanging out and my tits have a mind of their own”… Unless I’m drunk. Then I’d feel “Seductive yet sophisticated, wild yet … always a winner.” 🙂
Joking aside, the fabrics, the beading, the glittery makeup, the use of black and gold and that final head piece certainly demonstrated Gaetano’s inspiration, the nymph. I think his designs executed his inspiration impeccably. Although I can’t help myself but try to imagine myself wearing them, these pieces are works of art and they should be appreciated as such.
Throughout the show I kept thinking that Gaetano would be a fantastic designer and tailor to get to design an outfit for me if I had an important evening occasion such as a wedding. Of course, I’d ask him to cover up my butt 🙂