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Only The Best Will Do
Charles & Ron is a contemporary lifestyle brand, high-end clothing and bags with a distinct Mediterranean flair and a dedication to superior quality.
Maltese culture is an integral part of the Charles and Ron design ethic.
Our brand’s vision is to inspire our customer to be part of the “ love affair” and the instantly recognizable Mediterranean style.
The venue was a favorite of the late Alexander McQueen and also the venue for Sarah Jessica Parker’s wedding.
Charles & Ron are in love with the Mediterranean and Malta, the country where the fashion house is based.
For this season Charles & Ron explored the rich and opulent treasures of the Maltese islands.
Many times hidden from view behind large walls and thick wooden doors. One of the designers favorite places and a perfect treasure trove for inspiration is Palazzo Parisio.
The Palazzo and its gardens is situated in the village of Naxxar and dates back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John.
It was bought in 1898 by Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna.
The Marquis renovated the palace and created a showcase for Maltese Arts and the eclectic style of the 19th century popular with the Italian artist residing on the island in those days.
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 rich 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 emphasize the beauty of the palace rooms and gardens.
The collection also features elaborate hand beaded appliqué motifs of Hibiscus flowers, the palace elaborate door-knocker and the Scicluna family’s Coat of Arms.
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.
A special thank you to Baroness of Tabria, Christiane Ramsay Scicluna and her daughter Justine Pergola for their continuous hard work and dedication to run and maintain the palace and for sharing with us the beauty and glamour of Palazzo Parisio.