Charles & Ron were one of the few designers that were selected to exhibit one of their couture designs at Buckingham Palace for the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange in the beginning of this year. The exhibition curated by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles also featured Stella McCartney, Burberry and Karen Walker among others. The night was a first at the Palace and guest included ; Naomi Campell and Anna Wintour who complimented the designers on their design.
For their Fall/Winter 18/19 collection they stayed within the Palace theme, Charles & Ron explored the rich and opulent treasures of the Maltese Islands and drew inspiration from one of their favourite places ;Palazzo Parisio. The Palazzo and its gardens are situated in a small village and date back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John.
The rich colours of the marble floors, the opulent Versailles inspired ballroom , Hibiscus flowers and elaborate tassels are featured in prints, hand beading and knitwear. The colour palette for this season was inspired by all the colors found in the palace rooms and gardens.
The eclectic style is translated into a rich and playful combination of Deep Red, Spicy Yellow, Nasturtium and Ice Blue which are paired with neutrals like Gold , Creamy White and Black.
Besides the distorted stripe pattern the graphic prints take on a more photographic identity to emphasise the beauty of the palace rooms and gardens . Silk, Faux Suede, Silk Organza, Cotton Velvet, and Lace are among some of the fabrics used for this collection.
The bags for this season are either small or extra large . The popular “Micro Queen” Bag gets a make over and is embellished with gold studs, and the collection introduces new large shoppers and over size printed envelope clutches. The Models wore printed boots designed by Charles & Ron and also handcrafted costume jewellery.
Recently Charles & Ron designs have been seen on: Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Ally Brooke (Fifth Harmony), Tinashe, Jessie J, Nicole Williams (Wags) , Ashanti, V. Bozeman, Kelsey Ballerini, Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel, Ronni Hawk, Kat McNamara, Rachel Mortenson, Jessica Pimentel, Jean Watts, Brenda Song and many others.