Colombo Fashion Week Bridal
By Shafiya Nawzer
Colombo Fashion Week curated a special segment this year. Two years in the making, this segment focused on fashion in the bridal industry. As for trends, traditional and non-traditional looks both dominated the runway. The designers displayed no shortage of inspiration for wedding dresses. From frothy ruffles to romantic sleeves, traditional dresses and Sri Lankan wedding wears. We got the scoop on the new styles coming to bridal boutiques near you. So, if you’re planning a wedding taking place in the near future or are just in the dreaming stage, these are the bridal designers that you need to know.
Amilani showcased her Island Bride Collection featuring a modern Kandyan bridal - a fusion fashion between a western and Kandyan wedding wear. The outfit was embellished with seashells and ribbon appliqués. It was simple yet charming. Amilani also displayed a two piece bridal pant skirt look which also had similar embellishments and was more on the modern side.
Aslam displayed two unique bridal looks, a mix of extravagant and elegant. His signature silhouettes highlighting shades of ivory and off white. My personal favourite was the stylish lehenga styled skirt and blouse, with an intricate design throughout.
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LOVI Ceylon displayed their unique wedding wear for men. Inspired by the national dress and promoting visual identity for all Sri Lankan’s. Created using silk and handloom; the shirt’s had an exquisite hand embroidery. Striking colours with the signature Lovi look; boosting comfort and style.
Charini’s bridal collection was inspired by travel and represented sophisticated silhouettes and flowy fabric bridal frocks. The dresses were was plain yet graceful to the eye.
Sonali showcased a stunning fusion remake of a Kandyan and modern bridal. Highlighting a simple floral work inspired by the past, a Kandyan in lovely gold, white and beige colours. The modern bridal dress was Sonali’s signature abstract art and also incorporating beeralu lace.
Fouzul collection featured the Global Wedding Collection. The suits were created in wool, linen and silk fabrics in dark black. The well suited blazer and sharp pants were styled with a bow tie giving off a crisp look. He also showcased two adorable yet striking children’s suit.
Himashi brought to stage Indian saree bridal attire and a grand lehenga. The bridal outfits were both done using authentic beeralu lace. The beeralu lace braided lehenga in striking red comes with a flared skirt making a bold statement.
Dananjaya is a household name when it comes to bridal, from makeup to outfits. He has mastered both and the outfits he displayed were a testimony of his work. The bridal wears were a marriage between traditional Sri Lankan and western. The outfits highlighted a beautiful pearl design and embroidery work in white and gold.