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
Team brief for the week ahead - Volunteers confirmed - all is going smoothly until...
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
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.
Pre-party at the Dutch Hospital
Friday 23rd and the first day of Colombo Fashion week '12
Highlights - her quilted silks
Highlights - EVERYTHING but the gold belt is top of my wish list!
Makes all her collection in her Park Street store
After party at The Elephant Room - I paced myself well
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!
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....