On Tuesday 11th February 2017 Charles & Ron launched their F/W 17/18 collection during New York Fashion Week, and in March 2017 they also showed the collection during Los Angeles fashion Week. Both shows were part of Art Hearts Fashion Week which is supported by Aids Health Care.
Charles & Ron are in love, and have been for 25 years! This year the designers are celebrating the fact that it’s been 25 years since they met. Their love for the Mediterranean and Malta (the country where the fashion house is based) is visible in every collection and this season is no exception.
The colour palette for this collection was inspired by a Mediterranean winter sunset. Deep Sea Blue, Madonna Blue, Sunset Pink, Lilac Sky and Silver are the colours used that reflect this natural spectacle. They are highlighted with black, which is a staple in the C&R collections.
Tying in with the silver anniversary theme Charles & Ron also drew inspiration from the Maltese traditional craft of Filigree. Silver Filigree shapes are printed on the in house designed fabrics and their trade mark striped fabrics are updated with the intricate Filigree designs of dolphins and the 8 pointed cross.
Besides the graphic prints which have a become a signature, the collection also features elaborate hand beaded tulle and stud embellished suede and feather jackets. Hand beaded dolphins and hearts are used to embellish several designs and the C&R red and white gross grain ribbon is this season featured in a graphic print.
Fabrics range from Silk to Wool and Velvet and a beautiful custom made Jacquard fabric in metallic blue and black also features the Filigree dolphin pattern.
The handcrafted leather “Queen” bag was launched in a micro version, the small cross over bag features this season’s prints and is executed in many different colour and leather combinations.
The Models wore boots designed by C&R and shoes by Manolo Blahnik. Their look was completed with handcrafted Maltese Filigree jewellery.