In December I was invited by a lovely friend to attend Luke Azzopardi's bridal fashion show at one of my favourite shops in Malta, Camilleri Paris Mode.
I was entirely blow away by the collection: A strong, cohesive body of work that was impeccably tailored and hand made, based on classic lines and historical silhouettes but still managing to be modern and fresh.
I had a teensy moment of regret that I was married in 2013 and not 2014. I would have loved to celebrate in one of his creations.
But Luke doesn't just design bridal wear. His S/S13 collection, 'Midnight in Persia', effortlessly blended light fabrics printed with historical paintings and mosaics (a la Dolce & Gabbana) with classic silhouettes.
He also designs theatre costumes, which is perhaps unsurprising given the playfully theatrical underpinnings of his work.
And he's younger than me, to boot.
If you're interested in the fashion scene in Malta, or on emerging designers to watch, I strongly urge you to get to know Luke Azzopardi.
And while you're at it, a Maltese fashion blogger to watch is Daniel Azzopardi of The Devil Wears Praduh. Read him if nothing else than to see his fabulous hats.