The Malta Fashion Awards yesterday celebrated the 25th edition with a star-studded night that celebrated the biggest names that have left an impact on the local fashion scene.
Two pre-party events kicked off the night, with a Campari red carpet held in the gardens near Tritoni fountain and another event at The Phoenicia Malta lobby, where nominees, past winners and personalities were interviewed by host Caroline Paris.
The Tritoni fountain was the setting for The Untold Story, a movie that depicted the challenges that executive producer Adrian J Mizzi faced in establishing the Malta Fashion Awards and, later, Malta Fashion Week.
The Untold Story, a narrative that was displayed on large screens at the magnificent Pjazza Tritoni delved into the inspiring narrative of the Malta Fashion Awards. It showcased the determination and resilience of executive producer Adrian J Mizzi, who faced numerous hardships in establishing the awards.
The film shed light on the transformative impact of the event, playing a pivotal role in nurturing the growth of the local fashion industry when there was no formal presence before. It showcased the event’s journey and its instrumental role in putting Malta on the fashion map.
As a tribute to those who have made a significant impact on the Malta Fashion Awards over the past 25 years, Icon Awards were presented to industry trailblaezers who have left an indelible mark in their respective fields. These included Gordon Mayo for Toni & Guy, Sam Borg for Gagliardi, Marisa Grima, Sue Rossi, Joy Gatt, Glorianne Camilleri for Hot Couture, Elaine Galea, Caroline Tonna for Elegance, Carina Camilleri and Charles & Ron.
The highlight of the evening was the recognition of this year’s winners for the Malta Fashion Awards. Exceptional designers, models, stylists, and fashion professionals were honoured for their outstanding talent, innovation, and creativity. The winners are Neville Roman Zammit, Jean Zammit, Adriana Calleja, Stephanie Hodgkins, Giulia Bartoli, Matthew Bonello, Carlton Agius, Sarah Zerafa, Stella Cini and Rachel Bartolo.
The night concluded with a performance by Ira Losco and an after party at The Phoenicia Malta’s The Bastion Pool.
The events were attended by tourism minister Clayton Bartolo, who emphasized the significance of this event as a catalyst for economic growth, cultural development, and tourism in Malta.