Saturday, 17 March 2012

CFW Sunday 26th

Having not got any images of Sunday's show - I've put together a few... better late than never

Sunday's Highlights 

Rizwan Beyg's beautiful blues

Right, white looks simply gorgeous but fitting it on in two minutes really wasn't... smudged make-up - hair everywhere - pulled - screams - three people to de-tangle all the tie details - lots of sweating!

Arugam Bay

Highlights... Just ADAM!

Agatha Ruiz De La (not Le) Prada

Subject: LOVE

William Richard Green

Thugish Charm

Fringe Shows

I was most excited about organising the CFW Fringe Show's which are a platform for the very best emerging designers from top SriLankan Universities. So, when (on my first day) they told me that I would be presenting the Fringe Shows however doubtful I was I ended up agreeing to do it and am so glad I did because it really was an honor to introduce these talented and very passionate young ladies...

Best Of

 Lanka Institute of Technology

Purple left - Akhila Karunaratne who was inspired by SrilLankan Murals and used traditional production methods such as handloom.

This collection was sporty, bright and full of texture by Shamara Alles.

University of Moratuwa (UOM)

Mihiri Bandumali 

Academy of Design (AOD)

AOD, otherwise known as the Ethical Design Hub, has created a new breed of fashion entrepreneurs, ethical award winners and designers who are highly skilled and at the same time conscious of their surroundings and there really couldn’t be a better two to best represent this AOD’s ethos. 

First up we have NITHYA. Her inspiration came from native SriLankan women, their traditional costume the “osariya” and the way they draped their saree. The production techniques used in this collection range from warp printing to traditional handloom weaving and last year At Srilankan Design Festival NITHYA was awarded the Best Innovative Textile Designer Award. 

Next up we have LONALI who lovingly transforms unwanted luxury textiles, trims and clothing into stylish, original and wearable art. This particular collection was made using factory cut offs and discarded clothes labels which, Lonali shredded to get this furry, feather-like effect. The designs aim to celebrate life through innovative and unique designs while reducing the environmental impact in processing. She was the winner of the Ethical Fashion Award 2010 at the SriLankan Design Festival and has been approached by Orsola De Castro, the founder of Esthetica which is the Ethical side to LFW.

Keep up to date with the lovely Lonali here 

Not only are these two young ladies lovely but there passion, innovation and ability to balance style and ethics so brilliantly is totally inspiring! I was very pleased to see that the lovely Mathilde from HiTv Magazine also felt the same way - this is a pic of the girls interview after the show.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Colombo Fashion Week, SriLanka

Day 1

Meet the team - one of which hands over to meet as she'll be in China a week before the show (thanks, Niro) aaand get badly ripped off by a tuk tuk guy - need to work on my haggling - how could I be mad though?

Day 2 & 3

Having had a heads up from Roshnee, it was clear that this weekend would be my only beach time and that's exactly where I stayed all weekend

Day 4

Team brief for the week ahead - Volunteers confirmed - all is going smoothly until...

Day 7

When after having spent the best part of each sunny day trying to pin down a truck as well as make-up&hair, models&music, rails&hangers etc... the truck fell through... fail. Luckily Naila came to the rescue... The SriLankan Red Cross... why didn't I think of that!

Days 5 & 6

Were spent at various opening parties, talks and shows for the Colombo Art Biannual all thanks to mum for being Mrs Arts. Here's just a few of the many snaps I took...

Party on Park Street

The Warehouse Project

Big Gold Digger. National Museum of Art

Hand loom at the Barefoot Gallery

Day 8

Pick up day - is when you drive around all day long in the heat picking up all the backstage necessities  - thank god we had a brilliant team to help!

Days 9 & 10

Moved into the Hilton (not literally) and ready to roll with the first day of fit-ons

Taylor ... check
(Naila: Hang on isn't that Rani's dress? Me: he wanted to keep busy?...!)



The BEAUTIFUL collection by local designer Deneth who won this years Best Designer Award. She makes her cotton collections in a small village called Kurunegala outside of Colombo.

Day 11



Day 12

Pre-party at the Dutch Hospital

Day 13

Friday 23rd and the first day of Colombo Fashion week '12

Lilian Pereira
Highlights - her quilted silks

Gaetano Navarra

Highlights - EVERYTHING but the gold belt is top of my wish list! 


KT Brown

Makes all her collection in her Park Street store 

After party at The Elephant Room - I paced myself well

Day 14

Bibi Russell 

Highlights - her bright pop colours and watching the models dance there way down the catwalk - smiling!


The Delightful Deneth Piuma

Highlights - her floral suit - Yinka style!



Highlights - the light light silk and such strong, block colour

After party at The Elephant Room - less said about that the better!

Highlights - William Richard Green on the decks... although it was more of a shall we say pop crowd - no complaints from his assistant Russell though! 


Day 15 

And the last day of the show - 4 volunteers down (must make a rule to allow them to the closing party only) 11 designers to go and a very sore head. That, combined with the fact that we had four models each to look after meant that sadly I missed all the Sunday shows...

But here are some manic backstage snaps and I will follow up with a cover of Sunday's show at a later date with, better photo's! 

Hair & Make-up and goody bags (late and very very last minute)

Four very tired ladies - Niro, Naila, Roshnee & Rani still made it to the Closing Party - Well kind of, I did fall asleep on the dance floor...

until next year that is

I have much much more to share but for now I'm off to a well deserved staff party - thank you Ajai. 

Coming soon, a big piece on the afternoon Fringe Shows, more about some of the designers and a factory visit....