September 14, 2015
Photos Courtesy of Miklos Xuereb
Valletta, Malta – Designer Mladen Milivojevic hit the Maltese catwalk with a collection that may surprise many. If one spends time with the flamboyant designer, one would expect to see a truly extravagant collection, particularly for women. However, he designs something altogether far different from what one would expect of him based solely on his personality.
Showing as an invited international guest of the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week, we see the designer taking a resolutely more sophisticated turn to his creations. And the beautiful outdoor setting provided the perfect backdrop to show off the collection.
The shapes are closely cut to the body. He reveals the arms and the shoulders only at times, as he generally tends to cover them. But he always honors the female form in the way in which it should be. We find just hints of sequins as embellishments.
Baron also creates shot cocktail dresses for dinner and for parties. One is done in beige, with just a hint of beaded tassels at the end. Both the back and the neckline are V form.
It would be remiss of one to think that lace would not make an appearance in the collection at some point. And of course it does in the end of the collection. Milivojevic uses it as embellishments on the sleeves and on the neckline. He also creates lace prints in a two-piece skirt set. And he ends the event with a lovely wedding dress. It is conservative, and has a lovely veil. It is not pretentious as many would suspect for a wedding.
In the menswear Milivojevic focuses his energy on making the three-piece suit relevant again. For continuity he calls upon the beautiful pastel blue from the women’s collection. He cuts the trousers closely to the body. The lapels are thin. He creates vests with three rows of two buttons. He then finishes the men’s vest angular edges.
Unfortunately, even though we like the double-breasted looks, we see only a few single-breasted looks. And beyond that it’s time for Milivojevic to step out of his comfort zone. Next time we will expect to see as much diversity in the menswear as we find in the womenswear.
Fashion Insider thanks the Malta Tourism Authority for its complicity in our coverage of the Mladen Milivojevic show.