Oaths and hats take centre stage at Parliament's official opening

The 67 Members of Parliament this morning took their oaths of allegiance during the official opening of the 13th legislature... but it was the women's dresses and hats that stole the show

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Paul Cocks
24 June 2017, 2:16pm
Hats to suit all tastes: The opening of Parliament was a veritable showcase of latest fashion in headwear (All photography: James Bianchi/MediaToday)
Hats to suit all tastes: The opening of Parliament was a veritable showcase of latest fashion in headwear (All photography: James Bianchi/MediaToday)
As the newly-elected Members of Parliament took their oath of allegiance at the official opening of Malta's 13th legislature since independence, the formal day wear - and intricate hats - worn by the female MPs and other women guests garnered a lot of attention of their own.

"Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy; everyone stops to coo and talk about it," Louise Green, a renowned Los Angeles hat designer is credited as saying.

As guests arrived at St John's Co-Cathedral this morning, it was obvious that the women stuck to the formal dress code, as the arrivals turned into a veritable showcase for designer wear and head gear.

It was a medley of design, material and colour that was - for the most part - impeccable and unique.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle
Opposition leader Simon Busuttil and partner Kristina Chetcuti
Opposition leader Simon Busuttil and partner Kristina Chetcuti
Julia Farrugia and Lydia Abela chose identical dresses
Julia Farrugia and Lydia Abela chose identical dresses
Melanie Abela, wife of Minister Carmelo Abela, and Therese Comodini Cachia also demonstrated identical tastes in fashion wear
Melanie Abela, wife of Minister Carmelo Abela, and Therese Comodini Cachia also demonstrated identical tastes in fashion wear
Gozo minister Justyne Caruana
Gozo minister Justyne Caruana
Godfrey and Marlene Farrugia
Godfrey and Marlene Farrugia
Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and Janice Bartolo
Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and Janice Bartolo
Marthese Portelli
Marthese Portelli
Kristy and Jean Pierre Debono
Kristy and Jean Pierre Debono
Former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi with his wife Kate in the company of President Emeritus George Abela
Former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi with his wife Kate in the company of President Emeritus George Abela
Minister Helena Dalli
Minister Helena Dalli
Claudette Buttigieg
Claudette Buttigieg
The youngest MP in this legislature, Rosianne Cutajar
The youngest MP in this legislature, Rosianne Cutajar
Environment minister Jose Herrera and his wife Alexandra
Environment minister Jose Herrera and his wife Alexandra
Finance Minister Edward Scicluna and his wife Astrid Bartoli
Finance Minister Edward Scicluna and his wife Astrid Bartoli
Health Minister Chris Fearne and his wife Astrid
Health Minister Chris Fearne and his wife Astrid
Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela and his wife Melanie
Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela and his wife Melanie
Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon and his wife Anna
Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon and his wife Anna
Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri and his wife Deandra
Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri and his wife Deandra
But above all, it was hard not to miss the 'unlucky' ones who turned up at the ceremony wearing the same dresses: newly-appointed junior Cabinet member Julia Farrugia and PL executive secretary Lydia Abela opted for a white lace dress whilst PN MP Therese Comodini Cachia and Minister Carmelo Abela's wife, Melanie, went for a floral white and blue dress.

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