Fashionmania CFW Day 2
By Shafiya Nawzer
Day Two of Colombo Fashion Week kicked off at the Shangri-la, Colombo. It was an amazing show of glamour and fashion. Each designer had put in a lot of hard work into their showcase. However, the runway was a mix of hit and miss. Most designs were striking while I found a few to be a bit basic and not functional.
Opening the show was designer Charini Suriyage. The collection was inspired by travel and represented 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 saree’s stood out to me with their detailed design and stunning silk.
“This times collection takes you on a journey through fashion, visiting all the cities we miss travelling to because of the pandemic. Recreating nostalgia through bespoke one of a kind print of beautiful city views and architecture of these cities we long to travel to. Keeping circularity close to heart, this collection is made choosing eco-friendly printing methods and untwists versatility,” Charini commented.
Charini also offers bespoke solutions along with each garment showcased at CFW. Everything showcased by her on the runway will be available for sale at her studio located at Deanstone Place, Colombo.
Designer Amalini Perera brought a unique collection to the stage. Her work was diverse, bold and creative. She launched the collection ‘With Her’ in partnership with UNFPA Sri Lanka. The outfits she displayed showcased a massage to the public, raising awareness on the social responsibility to provide care for survivors of domestic violence. The collection highlighted a range of colours, mainly black and gold.
Fouzul Hameed’s collection was about Celebrating Life – Global Wedding Collection. Inspired by the diversified cultures within Sri Lanka and highlighting wedding attires from traditional to ethnic wear, and Indian to European looks. Fouzul’s collection had something for everyone and is a must to check out for anyone who has a wedding in the pipeline. He also showcased a kid’s wedding collection with two children modelling his outfits, which indeed stole the show. Fouzul quoted, “The collection was equally blended with unbeatable quality, craftsmanship and artistically matched with premium accessories to intensify the mystique look. The wedding collection is created in wool, linen and silk fabrics and to go in par with the splendour of nature, black, blue and off-white colours are chosen to create these unique pieces to make the groom look extraordinary.”
This collection was created in collaboration with Sharmila Ruberu. All outfits were converted using unused pieces from the brand’s past collections. This ensured that no new investment in resources was incurred and minimised waste to zero and using a design philosophy - Redesign Re-Create and Re New.
Dinushi collection under her brand name La Pard was inspired by her grandmother; focusing on circularity in fashion by reducing waste and upcycling garments. A signature outlook from her collection was the beautiful batik skirts. Giving attention to intricate detail, the collection was quite interesting.
Himashi’s collection was inspired by the colours of the twilight sky. Handmade beeralu, which is her signature design aesthetic and highlighted throughout the collection. It was a mix of striking styles and long dressy outfits. Each piece was flowy yet draped perfectly well on the body.
“It is named ‘Swirling Twilight’ as it is inspired by the colours of the sky during the twilight. This collection consists of both structured and drape silhouettes which bring forward very feminine looks. Handmade beeralu has been used as the most significant part of all these garments in various colours. Most of these garments are hand-beaded adding more glamour.” Himashi stated.