Din­ner and Ces­sani fash­ion show at Corinthia Palace I

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

n October there are at least five na­tional days which are cel­e­brated, of­ten with a con­cert as well. After the long hot sum­mer when very few ‘pub­lic’ so­cial events take place, there are con­certs, launches and lunches, sev­eral on the same day, through­out October. It has been hot and hu­mid and one can only do so much. What with the traf­fic and park­ing prob­lems wher­ever I go, I am not en­cour­aged to do very much which is be­yond the call of duty. At last it looks as if the heat and hu­mid­ity are fi­nally slowly but surely tak­ing a back seat. It rained enough to dirty our win­dow panes and cars but we need more rain. Let us hope it will come.

So, en­cour­aged by a cooler evening, I went to Mary Grace Pisani’s fash­ion show at the Corinthia Palace where I have been so of­ten, over the years, that some of the staff who have been do­ing their job so well, come and kiss me. Af­fec­tion­ate kisses are never to be spurned, ever. I am as fond of the ‘old’ mem­bers of staff as they are of me.

Mary Grace has been do­ing some re­brand­ing and the orig­i­nal name of her busi­ness Fer­sani has now been re­branded to Ces­sani. There were two col­lec­tions that evening: the spring-sum­mer 2017 col­lec­tion and the Pres­i­den­tial Col­lec­tion 2016/2017. Ev­ery­one could see the beau­ti­ful mod­els (hair by Dean Gera) while com­fort­ably sit­ting at ta­ble, in be­tween eat­ing one de­li­cious dish after an­other.

The Corinthia Palace has its own char­ac­ter and el­e­gance now sub­tly im­proved by CEO David Wood­ward who has used his magic wand to make small but sig­nif­i­cant changes. Un­der his lead­er­ship there are Stephen Cor­dina’s per­fumed can­dles lit up in the evening and a very happy staff, many of whom have been there for so many years.

I was sit­ting at Mrs Michelle Mus­cat’s ta­ble and be­tween Perit Jes­mond Mugli­ett and fash­ion de­signer Mary Grace Pisani. She told me that she would be open­ing her bou­tique in PAMA soon. In fact the open­ing took place on Fri­day.

Perit Mugli­ett and Karen are a beau­ti­ful cou­ple and both gra­cious and with their heads on their shoul­ders. Deb­o­rah and her hus­band Ivan, (Win­ter Moods), Grech need no in­tro­duc­tion. They are a happy, pro­duc­tive cou­ple. His band and com­po­si­tions are top favourites. Me­lanie Abela, Min­is­ter Carmelo Abela’s pretty wife was on the same ta­ble. She has al­ways im­pressed me with her cre­ativ­ity and good taste. She some­times makes her own clothes and I have had the good for­tune to see some of her cre­ations. She keeps a very low pro­file and is very much loved in Ze­j­tun where they live.

Mrs Mus­cat who was wear­ing an ‘old’ but clas­sic Fer­sani cre­ation gave a very good speech and I say this not be­cause I con­sider my­self to be an old friend for I have known her since she was work­ing in pub­lic re­la­tions well be­fore she got mar­ried. Her speech, de­liv­ered without a sin­gle scrap of pa­per was mostly about Mary Grace. She re­ferred to the un­pleas­ant busi­ness of the pris­on­ers mak­ing cur­tains which, ridicu­lous as it was, made the head­lines some time ago just be­cause there are those who will rake up any story to put a dark shadow on the present gov­ern­ment. I never doubted, for one minute, that those pris­on­ers were go­ing to be paid for their work. Pay­ments take time. We know that. I am very happy that Mrs Mus­cat is pro­mot­ing lo­cal tal­ent and es­pe­cially women who are gifted and al­ways need a help­ing hand.

Mary Grace Pisani was born with a gift. She is nat­u­rally el­e­gant her­self and pro­duces clothes which are at­trac­tive and wear­able. We all have our sar­to­rial likes and dis­likes but I have to say that I found most of her de­signs wear­able and ap­pro­pri­ate to our cli­mate. Most of us only wear at most, fifty per cent of our wardrobe reg­u­larly. In sum­mer es­pe­cially, we like com­fort­able clothes but which have some sort of style. I loved her use of turquoise which is so at­trac­tive with a tan. Asym­met­ric clothes are now fash­ion­able and she had a cou­ple of th­ese. I don’t like any­thing asym­met­ric but the young, tall and slim looked mar­vel­lous in th­ese de­signs. They are mostly for those who are pre­pared to be no­ticed. Ces­sani’s crafts­man­ship is su­perb with em­broi­dery and lace in­serts which are del­i­cate and ap­pear to be un­touched by human hands. She cre­ates pieces which are in­te­gral to the wardrobe of a real, fash­ion-for­ward yet prac­ti­cal woman who en­joys com­pli­ments but also wants com­fort. She must have a gifted team of seam­stresses work­ing in her atelier but ul­ti­mately it is her di­rec­tion and de­signs which are be­hind it all. Her hand­bags, leather, are made in Spain and there are plans to ex­port her cre­ations to that coun­try. I am sure Net-a-Porter, too, would be happy to sell her gar­ments. Michelle Mus­cat does well to pro­mote her while at the same time rais­ing money for the Marigold Foun­da­tion. It is a happy col­lab­o­ra­tion. It is use­less for those who do so to snig­ger. A thank­less task. Mary Grace has a gift and will have the last laugh.

Me­lanie, Maria Grech and Mrs Mus­cat

With Joseph of Corinthia Palace

Soleil and her mother

Michelle and Mary Grace

Jes­mond and Karen

Phyllis and Mary Grace

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