The Perfumed Garden ’13

The fashion scene in Colombo is changing. I’m not only talking about the influence coming from the western part of the world, but there’s a growing community of entrepreneurs, models and of course fashion designers who are creating a niche of their own and carving out identities that are inspiring. The fashion industry itself has evolved over the past few years and for someone who loves fashion as much as I do, it’s a thrill to see this happening in my paradise island!

Thanks to my job as a freelance writer I’ve been able to view many fashion shows in town including Colombo Fashion Week that has been held consecutively for the past 11 years. I’ve made friends with some of the designers who have showcased their work on the ramp and today I’d like to introduce you all to my most favourite – Dimuthu Sahabandu.

Dimuthu Sahabandu

Dimuthu had a short stint of education at the Academy of Design before heading to Singapore to complete his BA in Fashion Design at the LaSalle College of Fashion and Design. He then interned with one of the leading fashion designers of our country before deciding taking a leap of faith and deciding on carving his own niche in the industry. 

As someone who has seen his work for the past four years or so, it’s truly a wonderful experience. I’ve seen his creativity grow like no other. His individuality is so unique because he draws inspiration from those that are close to home or heart. His designs don intricate bead and thread work as well a couple of embellishments and floral add ons, on dream like fabric that gives each look a sense of sensuality and feminity. The colour palettes and silhouettes have changed over the years but that keeps his collections interesting as always and something to look forward to. Whilst this year’s collection included bold reds and fiery golds, his previous collection which was showcased at last year’s Fashion Week was somewhat light and easy on eyes with airy silhouettes and texture that trult captured the feminine essence.

Gorgeous pastels

The underlying source of inspiration for Dimuthu Sahabandu’s S/S 2013 collection was the ancient mirror wall poetry of the fallen Kingdom, Sigiriya. The ancient graffiti of Sigiriya consists of extremely sensuous paintings of the ruling King Kasyapa’s many wives. Their beauty and diversity in complexion are notable.

Plum purple
Striking royal purple

The poetry documented on the polished lime plastered ‘mirror wall’ describes the beauty of the King’s wives, comparing them to exotic flowers and various wonders of nature. The source of inspiration for this exotic and elegant collection is derived from these unique pieces of ancient Sri Lankan literature.

Golden goddess
Intricate details
In the air

Model – Maneesha Perera
Photographer – Anushika Fernando
Hair & Makeup – Dil Sapukotanage
Follow him on for updates on his latest designs and collections! 

Last look back

Dimuthu Sahabandu’s collections are available exclusively at Melache, No. 29/3 Visaka Pvt Road, Colombo 04.


Hello yellow

Is it just me or is there a whole lot of yellow going around at this time of the year? I’m not feeling the colour as I did a few months back but thats probably because in my country we don’t have seasons 😛 My love for colours are based on whims and moods so if anyone were to ask me what my favourite colour is ten times in ten months, they’d probably get ten different answers!

I like it that way but let’s not deviate from this flourishing yellow business that’s going on. March this year also saw many local and foreign fashion designers showcase designs that were in yellow during Colombo Fashion Week.

Yellow on the runway

I love the way the colour was incorporated into multi coloured outfits and also used to emphasis the complete look like in the third picture above from the left.

Men in Yellow

Men’s outfits also took a yellow turn as you can see. I definitely liked what I saw and think it’s something that can be well incorporated into our daily wear as well.

It’s not so easy to take pictures of people in my country without a true purpose and explaining my reasons behind blogging wouldn’t often work either so I’ve looked up some simple ways to yellow style from fashionable people around the world:

Power to yellow

A simply flowy skirt can easily be paired with a tee or a dress can be accessorised with other bold colours like red. You can also choose to mix prints and since florals are still in, work with it.


A casual day clutch can pump up a look with ease and make you stand out. Bold clutches like these are definite must haves. If you’re not the type to reveal your arms, go for a soft cardigan like the one shown in the above picture. 

It’s really as easy as it looks, as long as you keep it simple. A yellow ethnic kurta or chiffon blouse can be paired with some fancy black pants or beige straight cut jeans. Keep your other accessories neutral so as to not overpower the complete look.

Have a great day! ♡

* ps – pix courtesy Nadun Banduge for Colombo Fashion Week. 

Tuesday’s look

Yesterday was quite the important day – freelance work wise and I wanted to create an impression. For the most part, I tend to look too casual even when I’m trying not to because I wear ethnic clothing on a daily basis. I do however have a handful of pieces in my wardrobe that are western and stylish. 

My look

What I’m wearing:

Grey straight jeans from Kelly Felder
Multi coloured top from Mondy
Marc Fisher cross body bag
Leopard print strappy sandals from Victoria’s Secret
And a pink scarf for more colour


Independence Square

Independence Square at night

This is Independence Square at night. Famously known for being the symbol of independence since the year 1948 (duh) it is also widely known for some if its historic features. The impeding statue at the frontier is that of D.S. Senanayake. Whilst he played a very significant role in striving for independence of my country he was also a humble Prime Minister with five years of service. 
The grand structure behind his statue resembles that of a royal building found in Kandy. This is a mere replica. Built out of carved rock, the top parts of each pillar on the interior features historic tales of the struggles and victories Sri Lanka has faced in the past. 

The grand structure

Beneath this edifice lies an Independence Memorial Museum. Surprisingly, not many locals are aware of this fact. It is open during the week between 9am and 5pm.

Once a nearly isolated site in the heart of Colombo, after much refurbishment and development, today the grounds are frequented by joggers, families and students who use the area for recreational purposes. Exercise groups, kids with their bikes and cycles, students tagging along their books and the occasional tourist are now a common sight. 

Joggers even late into the day

Part of the area around Independence Square is still being developed so stay tuned for more updates in the future! Xoxo

Going floral

Finally got some of the stuff I ordered from Newlook! Yay me!!!

Floral clutch bag

I’ve already decided that this is going to be my favourite! I love the adorable and simple floral pattern. It’s not too loud and perfect for day wear or perhaps a casual evening out with my girlfriends. Can’t wait to wear it later today on my afternoon assignment 🙂

New shoes ♡

I got myself a pair of new shoes from India! Take a look:

Colourful footwear

I love that they are sprightly in their own way and can be paired with multiple outfits. They aren’t branded or from any reputed store. Which makes them a great bargain. Can’t wait to get my hands on some more in the future! 

Have a great day!

Today’s look

All smiles

I’m going for something light and easy with my look today. I wanted an overall nude outlook but ended up reaching for my nyx cosmetics soft matte lip cream in Milan which punched up my look.

Bottom half

Top from Mondy
Scarf from Mondy
Jeans from Odel
Ethnic footwear from India
Sling bag by Marc Fisher

Strawberries galore!


Visiting a strawberry farm is a must when in Nuwara Eliya. There are plenty along the way but the best I’ve come across has got to be the Adma Agro Strawberry Farm just five minutes from the hotel we stayed at and close to Lake Gregory.

Mind you, the strawberries produced in Sri Lanka are not very large in size. Depending on the elevation of the farm, some are sweet and some are sour.

Small farm
The itty bitty strawberries

I’ve always loved strawberries and to me it doesn’t matter if it’s sour or sweet. Here’s how I had servings of strawberries on multiple occasions at Nuwara Eliya:

On a tart and with chocolate sauce


Night out in NE

We decided to go all out on our last night in Nuwara Eliya and reserved tables at the Grand Thai for a scrumptious dinner. Here is a look at what I wore:

My complete look

Dress from H&M
Black leggings from India
Printed scarf from American Outfitters

Button detail
Lovely cotton scarf