On Sunday 10th September 2017 Charles & Ron launched their new collection during New York Fashion Week. The show was part of the Art Hearts Fashion Week supported by Aids Health Care and was held at the Neo Gothic NYC landmark the Angel Orensanz Foundation. The venue was a favourite of the late Alexander McQueen and also the venue for Sarah Jessica Parker’s wedding.
The show was attended by several US celebs. La Palme magazine owner Derek Warburton, TV personality Ariane Drew both sat front row and singers Bellsaint and Charisse Mills both wore Charles & Ron to attend the show. During NYFW singer Tinashe and India Love were both seen in Charles & Ron and recently actresses Rachel Kylian and Mercedes Mason both wore C&R dresses to Emmy events.
International top model Daniela Aciu opened and closed the show in NY.
The inspiration for this collection began with a set of Charles’ childhood photographs and memories of Maltese summer days by the beach. Turquoise seas, Pink ice cream, striped umbrellas and vintage Picnic coolers.
Slightly nostalgic but with a picture perfect postcard message of hope for the future. To look to the future you need to know where you’re coming from and C&R therefore included the Coat of Arms of several Maltese towns into this season’s graphic print designs. The Charles & Ron Coat of Arms also makes its debut in this collection.
The colour palette for this season was inspired by the primary colours found in the Coat of Arms and also features Blue Lagoon Turquoise, Ice Cream Pink and Denim Blue. These are highlighted with Black and White.
Besides the graphic prints which have become a signature, the collection also features elaborate hand beaded tulle and hand beaded motifs are also used to embellish several designs.
Silk, Silk Organza, Denim, fine Cotton, and Lace are among some of the fabrics used for this collection.
The bags for this season draw inspiration from vintage cooler bags and also feature a new updated version of a Maltese traditional hand knotted rope bag. The “Shopper bag” gets an embellished update with beaded Coat of Arms motifs, and one of the shopper bags is dedicated to the island of Gozo. To take your shopping spree to another level Charles & Ron have also introduced a trolley bag to match your Spring/Summer look.
The Models wore boots and shoes designed by Charles & Ron and also handcrafted Maltese Filigree hoop earrings. While the embellished sun visor is Spring/Summer 18 must have accessory!