For Spring/Summer 2021 Charles & Ron’s inspiration starting point was the work of Malta’s first recognised female poet Mary Meilak.
She was born in 1905 in Victoria Gozo and started writing poetry at the age of 25. At a time when the female voice was not the most heard in the country, Meilak was pretty much the only feminine voice in Maltese romantic poetry.
The collection is named after her 1947 poem “Dawra Misterjuża” (“A Mysterious Journey”) which is the perfect example of her fantastical view of the world around her.
“Jekk jien nghidilkom illi b’mohhi nimxi, Wisq aktar minn b’saqajja”
“If I tell you that I’ve been walking much more with my mind than with my legs”
Meilak’s vision has inspired a collection that features prints of close ups of Malta’s unique characteristics, designed by Charles & Ron’s team, featuring the Triton Fountain, jellyfish, unicorn statues found on Valletta facades, Maltese lace and filigree details from a unique piece that belongs to the Palazzo Falson collection, all mixed with excerpts from Meilak’s poetry.
Charles & Ron used silk taffeta, mikado, cotton, organza, hand-beaded tulle and chiffon for this collection. Embroidered denim embellishes some of the pieces from the men’s collection.
The collection has a very colourful palette to further enhance the fantasy themed designs. It consists of Lime Green, Turquoise Sea, Purple Sky, Pink, Lilac, Red Orange , Blue, Peach Cream and Filigree Silver all set off against staple White and some Black accents.
The SS/21 designs are paired with a selection of new bag designs which are hand-made in Malta, in fine Italian leather. New glitter effect leather is introduced and combined with graphic print on the new bag designs.