Culmination of Monte-Carlo Fashion Week grand cru edition

Benoit-Louis Vuitton honorary speaker

The Monte-Carlo Fashion Week (MCFW©) successfully returned to the Principality’s stage May 17-21, 2023, with fashion shows featuring celebrated and new designers unveiling their resort, cruise & capsule collections, a Fashion-Hub, Conferences, and the Fashion Awards Ceremony.

As it is well known, the MCFW© was created in 2013 and is organized by the Chambre Monegasque de la Mode (CMM), under the High Patronage of HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, in partnership with the Monegasque Government and the Mayor of Monaco.

The MCFW©2023 was launched at the exclusive Yacht Club of Monaco, with presentations by Monegasque dignitaries and special guests, namely Benoit-Louis Vuitton, Corporate Director of Louis Vuitton. The conferences proved to be a dynamic exchange among opinion leaders and the audience, discussing topics revolving around fashion, business, circularity, exclusivity, culture and art.

The Fashion Hub at the Yacht Club of Monaco, featured Pop-ups by international brands: Thalie Paris, Flavia Fleming, Nicolò Tonetto, Ika Butoni, Ushak, FITME Monte-Carlo, Hemcael, Beach & Cashmere Monaco, Inessa Creations, Leslie Monte-Carlo. and Von Lowenstein.

Elegant models in beautiful garments parading alongside classic cars

The venue selected for the fashion shows was the recently inaugurated Prince of Monaco’s Cars Collection Museum in Port Hercules, in the heart of the Grand Prix F1. Elegant models in beautiful garments parading alongside classic cars.

Opening the catwalks on Thursday, May 18, was no other than Simone Guidarelli, Creative Director of Vanity Fair and Celebrity Stylist, who presented his exclusive collection inspired by his love of nature.

Creation by Simone Guidarelli

Next on the program was the Monegasque brand Beach & Cashmere Monaco by Federica Nardoni Spinetta inspired on the Grand Prix, with a collection dedicated to Formula 1. Ethically responsible, with the use of fallen stock and natural materials, a marriage of sustainability and contemporary glamour. Enhancing the outfits were the shoes of the Monegasque brand Von Lowenstein.

Beach & Cashmere Monaco by Federica Nardoni Spinetta
Beach & Cashmere Monaco by Federica Nardoni Spinetta

Continuing with the Made-in-Monaco brands, was Marlea Monte-Carlo with a collection reminiscent to the freedom and lightness of a holiday on the French Riviera.

Marlea Monte-Carlo
Marlea Monte-Carlo

On Friday, May 18, the sophisticated glamour of well known Italian designer Laura Spreti opened the runway.,

Creation by Laura Spreti
Creation by Laura Spreti
Laura Spreti

Next was Velvet Pink Banana (VPB)established in 2022 by British twin sisters Alexandra & Hattie Hutchison, making their debut on the Monaco catwalk! Born from a personal desire for sustainable, couture-quality clothing, they have built an atelier housing opulent pieces made to be worn and loved for a lifetime. VPB has a modern couture aesthetic with playful feminine twists, quality sewn into every stitch. Sharp tailoring with unexpected details, smooth silhouettes and contemporary separates. The sisters’ ability to redefine femininity through joyful modern tailoring is a gift to a new generation of design lovers. Traditional craftsmanship. The highest quality materials are married with time-honoured tailoring techniques to create pieces to wear now and forever.

Hattie Hutchison

Then was the turn to designer Runa Ray working in collaboration with the Prince Albert II Foundation.

Runa Ray
Runa Ray

Brazilian Artist Marcos Marin and Diana Mara delighted the audience with their optical art flowing pieces.

Crisoni, by Andreas Allenbach, who recently opened a boutique in Monaco, unveiled their cruise collection as a celebration of joy and beauty, inviting us to slow down and reflect, letting life explode with vivid colors. Inspired fundamentally by two of nature’s most interesting creations, the Betta Fish and the Parrot Tulip.

The Betta Fish is a beautiful creature but one of fierce character, aggressively territorial to protect its ecosystem and its ability to survive in toxic environments. The same characteristics the designer sees in humanity, the Ying Yang dichotomy. In a stark contrast yet visually, remarkably similar, is the Parrot Tulip, an eccentric and frivolous delicate flower. The Crisoni Cruise collection is an invitation to a journey through our hearts and imagination to celebrate color, joy and sometimes heartache of this wonder called life.

Crisoni Cruise Collection 2023
Crisoni Cruise Collection 2023
Crisoni Cruise Collection 2023
Creative Consultant Terrence Bray and Andreas Allenbach of Crisoni

The designer in charge of ending the shows at the Prince of Monaco’s Cars Collection Museum was the famous Collini Milano, with his glamorous and luxurious collection of daring pieces translating the latest trends into unique luxury and Italian savoir-faire.

Creation by Collini Milano

Genny closed the runway shows in apotheosis

Genny’s magnificent show closed all runways under the Grande Verrière du Grimaldi Forum.
The Italian brand Genny, led by Sara Cavazza Facchini, with its chic and incomparable style presented a collection full of colors, elegance and purity representing timeless fashion.

Genny by Sara Cavazza Facchini
Sara Cavazza Facchini

MCFW2023 Fashion Awards

The highly anticipated Fashion Awards Ceremony took place on Saturday evening in the Grande Verrière of the Grimaldi Forum, where guests admired the exceptional temporary “Cavalli World” exhibition, with the most iconic outfits by creative director Fausto Puglisi for the Roberto Cavalli house, such as the famous garment designed for Zendaya.

Fashion designers and personalities who distinguished themselves by their ethical and innovative vision were recognized.

MCFW2023 Fashion Awards recipients

Sara Cavazza Facchini, Creative Director of the GennyMade-in-Italy Award. Matteo Ward – Positive Change Award. Fausto Puglisi for Roberto Cavalli houseLegacy Award Carlo d’Amario, CEO of Vivienne Westwood – Ethical Business Award. Soya ChartierMade-in-Monaco Award. BesteEthical Circularity Award Fashion Channel – Visionary Award.

“We are highly satisfied with the success of our fashion week, and proud to support international designers and fashion personalities, by offering them the Principality of Monaco as a prestigious showcase to the world to present their collections and to give them a platform to discuss the importance of sustainable and circular fashion,” said Federica Nardoni Spinetta, President and Founder of the Chambre Monégasque de la Mode and the MCFW©.

Today’s Quote

Simplicity is the keynote of true elegance. Coco Chanel


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