By Shafiya Nawzer
The final day of Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) – day three drew to a close at the Shangri-La, Colombo. Fashionistas were out in full swing to see the designers present their collections.
Sonali opened Day 3 of CFW. Inspired by the freedom of nature, this season’s collection showcased silhouettes that embrace a sense of freedom and yet have their striking identity like the thumbprint of creation.
Sonali is well known for creating fusions of traditional and ancient styles of clothing, her collection was striking outfits in black, blue and yellow.
Sonali prides herself in attention to detail, preserving the craftsmanship and techniques of the long-standing textile. Her speciality lies in working with natural fabric using wax as a resist and dye to create her signature lines of fabric. The colours of the collection she presented perfectly echoed vibrant earthy-toned shades. The sarees stood out with contrasting-coloured blouses.
Agara by Nilu
Designer Nilusha Madumage embraces a sustainable design philosophy, through the use of patterns with minimal waste as well as creating pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. Inspired by children’s art, her pieces featured embroidered motifs of doodles. The quirky and eclectic collection of separates can be mixed and matched with ease. Her creations were versatile, multi-use, and sustainable, yet stylish statement pieces.
Himashi collection was inspired by the various colour combinations found in ‘The Cosmic Horizon’. It was one of my personal favourites of the night. Handmade beeralu is her signature design aesthetic and it has been used throughout the collection. The silhouettes were modern and mainly focused on embellishments. It was a mix of striking styles and dressy outfits. Each piece was flowy yet draped perfectly well on the body.
Celebrated Indian designer Suket Dhir’s Forever Young collection celebrates the resplendent youth. The aesthetics of the miniatures and the story are inspired by Olympus, the city of Greek Gods – the sculpture-like athletic bodies, the sporting culture, adorned with jewellery inspired by temple sculptures. The comic treatment lends playfulness to the storytelling. Hippy silhouettes adorned with bold prints paired with flawless cuts helped to make this collection a success. It was layers of flowy fabric draped together in bright shades. The designs were a marriage of modern western and classic silhouettes. The collection was simple, stylish, and classy.
Pakistani designer Zaheer Abbas was inspired by coming back to a semblance of normality after two tumultuous years of the pandemic. The clothes themselves show that the language of beauty is a multi-faceted drama of creation and renewal, remembering and forgetting. All of the pieces are made of humble cotton fabric, comfortably and uncritically adorned solely by hand screen prints of floral vines and fauna motifs. Bold festive colours mixed with subtle hues; display an easy feminine vibe. His collection presented structured silhouettes with high waists, dramatic black and gold colours and sleeves, and sheath dresses in addition to flared styles. The designs had a note of floral patterns and would make a statement when worn on any occasion.
Designer Charini Suriyage explores an enchanting experience of the unique and beautiful bird species of Sri Lanka, giving the collection form and dimension through its details and print stories. This collection uses images from wildlife photographer Sarinda Unamboowa, whose respect and passion for the subject of wildlife and its photography made this a
The collection consists of sophisticated silhouettes, flowy fabric and palettes of colours with an elegant and modern outlook. The styles were subtle yet aesthetically pleasing, the highlight is each piece is versatile and can be styled in different ways. The flowy dresses and printed sarongs stood out to me with their detailed design and stunning silk.
FH by Hameedia
Fouzul Hameed’s impeccable collections are tailored to the needs of contemporary, fashion-conscious, urban men who seek unmatched clothing solutions with an eye for detail and appreciation for the essence of fashion to achieve a vibrant look. His latest collection draws inspiration from a vibrant summer day in Milan. In line with the Responsible Meter, the collection features natural and sustainable fabrics.
With the use of bright and expressive colours using light cotton and breathable linens with an emphasis on sustainability. In tune with the fashion aesthetic of the modern man, has the unique knack of giving his customers just what they need, in terms of fabric, cut, and style. The blazers were dapper and in unique colours.
Indi Yapa Abeywaydene celebrates her tenth anniversary in designing. Her collection reflects purity, positivity and the sensitivity designer felt in the environment she experienced while exploring the warm culture, the humble people, historical traditions and its long heritage on a trip to the northern territory of Sri Lanka. Closing out this season of CFW, the collection was inspired by her recent trip to Jaffna. She portrays what she felt on her travels and the experiences exploring the warm culture, amazing food, traditions, and heritage.
The collection showcases a varied colour palette moving from soft to bold and clothes that cover both structured tailoring and fluid femininity, with soft drapes, luxurious textures, and structured silhouettes, tied together with fashion and culture through mixing and matching of traditional and contemporary jewellery. Exuding a sense of joy and romance, adopting dramatic drapes, luxurious textures, and exaggerated trains she updates classic silhouettes by using a daring play of colours.
The fabrics with intricately detailed designs were utterly breathtaking. Personally, in my opinion, this was one of the best collections ever showcased at CFW. It was a show-stopping finale collection and Indi deserves a lot of praise and credit for her work.
During Indi’s showcase, famous Sri Lankan born singer Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam (ADK) performed his latest song Thuppurun, taking the ambience and showcase to the next level.
All in all, it was a wonderful show of exquisite allure, fashion, and style. Each designer had put in a lot of hard work for their showcase. A massive congratulations and appreciation to Ajai, Fazeena and their team for pulling out yet another successful showcase. That is a wrap to CFW Summer ’22 Day 3.
(Pix by Venura Chandramalitha)