Day 3: The ‘Carina’ Bag (words by Anna Marie Galea)
Founder of Models M and style maven Carina Camilleri, is the ultimate ambassador of cool glamour. Here, Anna Marie Galea asks her about her first Charles&Ron experience and how the ‘Carina’ represents her and her lifestyle.
When did you first discover Charles & Ron?
I have been friends with this talented duo for years and years. In fact, I knew them when their label was still Beatrix and many a time I would go down to their studio and try on all the collection prior to the shows. I’ve travelled to Naples and Amsterdam with them to see their shows and I actually modelled for them once too!
What was the first thing that you wore by them?
I’ve worn so many things by Charles&Ron that I can’t even remember what the first thing was. However, one dress that comes to mind is a purple floral shift dress which I still have! They also used to customize clothes for me. I once had a full circle, floor-length tartan skirt which I wore upside down and fastened with a belt at the waist; Charles had nipped and tucked in some areas to help the skirt become a dress. It was a modern classic and I felt funky and cool in it! The skirt was an eat-your-heart-out Comme des Garcons so I felt ecstatic wearing it.
How did you feel when you found out that one of their bags was named after you?
I felt really special and chuffed! My friends mean a lot to me, naming a bag after me is a beautiful thought, I feel like a superwoman!
What’s your favourite thing about the bag?
The big sized version is practical and spacious whilst the small size is fun.
Where would one wear the ‘Carina’ to?
I have no rules so I could wear it to go out shopping, to lunch, or even to the supermarket.
What would you pair the ‘Carina’ with?
The bag is a classic, it can be paired with anything from a pencil skirt and a sweat top to a trouser suit or a floor-length skirt. I would just opt to hold it in different ways to change it up. I also added a silver chain to the already existing handles to customize it; story of my life.
Special thanks to Carina Camilleri for being part of this project, Anna Marie Galea for the lovely article, Carlton Agius for the photography, and the wonderful staff at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard for providing us with the premises and refreshments. To find out more about this collaboration, please click here.