HSBC CFW RESORT SHOW Unveils a Four-Day Showcase

Colombo Fashion Week (CFW), which introduced its Resort edition as a single day event in 2012, is now a four-day showcase  from the 1 to 4 October. The show will unveil the best of resort wear fashion including fifteen ‘Bright Spark’ shows at the start of the week leading up to twenty main shows by established designers. The ‘Bright Spark’ shows will also unveil the collection from Peronie Nadine Stefel who is the first ‘Bright Spark’ designer to be awarded the fund created by CFW in its ongoing effort to develop and support up-and-coming fashion designers.

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Commenting about the show, Ajai V Singh, President, Colombo Fashion Week stated, “The creation of resort wear as a season is vital for us as we can play on our strengths and make us shine by the grace of God. Resort wear is a growing category and we want to lead its growth in this part of the world. We can’t do much in terms of fashion with the Fall and Winter seasons, so for designer businesses to grow we need a second season along with Spring and Summer. Two years ago we found that resort wear worked well as our second season. With continuous innovation, we will keep driving this category to greater heights, creating more opportunities for Sri Lankan fashion designers and the industry.”

CFW is one of the three main Fashion Weeks in Asia which have been running for more than 10 years. It is also one of two fashion weeks in Asia which has introduced a dedicated resort wear season in its annual calendar, in addition to its Spring/Summer season. In just two years it has grown to become a four-day event and has shown an ever-increasing growth pattern. The HSBC CFW Resort Wear Show is unique because it takes place at a resort and this time Jetwing Blue and Beach in Negombo will play host to the highly anticipated event.

U by Upeksha at the CFW Resort 2013 Show

Singh further added, “There’s a valid reason for promoting resort wear, it’s not just part of our efforts to make Sri Lanka a destination for fashion entertainment, it’s part of our plan to make an international impact in the fashion industry. As our plans for CFW’s growth continued to unfold CFW became part of Asian Fashion Week (AFW). Five Sri Lankan designers who showcased their work at CFW, were selected to show their collections at AFW in Indonesia.  Sri Lankan designer, Sonali Dharmawardena even had the honour of opening Asian Fashion Week this year. Colombo Fashion Week is now being recognized internationally for the impact it is making on the local fashion industry and every aspect of fashion in Sri Lanka.”

Along with 17 established Sri Lankan fashion designers, there will be three international heavyweights at the HSBC CFW Resort Wear Show who will add an interesting dimension to the show. Abraham & Thakore, a designer duo and label from the Indian fashion industry which has won accolades and recognitions around world, will be showing in Sri Lanka for the first time. Harare, a label owned by Caroline Fuss will also show at the HSBC CFW Resort Wear Show. Caroline showed at New York Fashion Week just last week and was well received by the fashion community. The third international designer to be featured at the show includes a CFW loyalist and the show’s best international ambassador; Bibi Russell. She is a world-renowned fashion designer and icon who is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO.

In addition to several ramp events this not-for-profit annual event stays true to its vision of developing and uplifting Colombo’s fashion design industry through its behind-the-scenes mentoring process and workshops.  This year at the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week workshop will be held on the 4 October and will focus on a theme titled, ‘The use of indigenous textiles in fashion’. Designers Bibi Russell, Harare and Abraham & Takore will also join the workshop to share their knowledge and experience.

Yoland at the CFW Resort 2013 Show

Every year, as part of the CFW plan, new additions are made to the seasonal CFW calendar.  This year CFW Resort will see designer Pop-up stores being created with the support of TATA housing. TATA housing held a competition among final year architecture students and the designs of two students were selected and awarded. A total of 15 Pop-up stores for each designer brand will be set up at the venue, Jetwing Beach, enabling guests to see the latest collections in a well-designed retail environment. As part of the Fashion + Food series of CFW, a Michellin star chef from Paris and an internationally acclaimed Malaysian chef will be at the event. The chefs will provide delightful cuisines every evening, bringing in a design element to the show from the culinary arts. There will be special menus available on 1 and 2 October, the day of the ‘Bright Spark’ shows and the menus will continue to evolve till the show comes to a close on 5 October.

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CRAFTALIVE

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In a continuous effort to develop fashion designers who bring design innovations to crafts, the National Craft Council (NCC) in partnership with Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) recently announced the unique ‘CRAFTALIVE’ initiative. NCC and CFW will host their first ‘CRAFTALIVE’ show on 28 August against the backdrop of Independence Square.  In just over a decade, CFW has established itself as the backbone of the local fashion design industry and is collaborating with NCC to further promote crafts and fashion in Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the initiative, Buddhi Keerthisena, Chairman, The Crafts Council of Sri Lanka stated, “At the National Crafts Council we are continuously striving to empower men and women in crafts as this industry is the backbone of many rural economies in Sri Lanka. We want to ensure that arts and crafts remain relevant and in existence in our country and this is why we are very proud of our partnership with Colombo Fashion Week. This initiative will not only highlight our unique crafts but will give Sri Lankans an opportunity to showcase their work globally.”

Ajai Vir Singh, President, Colombo Fashion Week
Ajai Vir Singh, President, Colombo Fashion Week

Ajai Vir Singh, President, Colombo Fashion Week further added, “Together we have created a platform to showcase a fusion of crafts in fashion. We named it ‘CRAFTALIVE’, as our aim is to give added impetus to crafts. Our first show will take place against the backdrop of one of Sri Lanka’s most significant national monuments, which is a first for the fashion industry. We believe that this will give us a differentiated platform that will boost the craft industry and showcase a unique line of fashion.”

The first ‘CRAFTALIVE’ show will showcase six renowned Sri Lankan designers who have been featured on the catwalks of Colombo Fashion Week.  The stellar line up of designers includes Ramona Oshini, Indi Abeywardena and winner of the 2013 CFW Gen Next Designer Award, Sharmila who will debut her label ARRA. Also being featured at the event, ‘U by Upeksha’ offering a fresh design perspective along with Darshi Keerthisena will also show her collection of handcrafted batiks blended into high fashion. The collections will showcase a blend of beeralu, lace, metal and brass crafts, jewellery, rush, palmyrah, batik, handloom, fabric painting and wooden crafts. ‘CRAFTALIVE’ is also part of Shilpa Udana, which showcases the talents and skills of Sri Lanka’s award winning artisans and craftspeople from across the country. Operating under the theme of ‘Sustaining Livelihood and Revival of Traditions’, Shilpa Udana uses exhibitions, festivals and awareness programmes to promote and empower craftsmen and women in Sri Lanka.

Incorporating the rich heritage of traditional arts and crafts available in Sri Lanka, ‘CRAFTALIVE’ aims to empower young artisans through fashion design in order to create individual creative products and collections.  The Crafts Council of Sri Lanka is headed by its Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena, under the aegis of the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development and Ajai Vir Singh, President, Colombo Fashion Week. The council strives to promote collaborations and the unique integration of fashion and crafts that will enable Sri Lankan designers and craft artists to develop distinctly exceptional fashion and lifestyle products.

Issued by         :           Arc Worldwide Sri Lanka; a part of Leo Burnett Solutions Inc.

On behalf of     :           HSBC Colombo Fashion Week