Concept 2015

 

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The FH Studio takes exclusive menswear to new heights with the second edition of its annual ‘Concept’ show. ‘Concept 2015’, a fashion show of international class is conceptualized by renowned men’s fashion consultant Fouzul Hameed and will enhance the Sri Lankan men’s fashion arena. ‘Concept 2015’ will be held on Saturday 22 November 2014 at Water’s Edge and will showcase an exclusive range of menswear that will transform the man of today into the man of tomorrow.

‘Concept 2015’ will showcase a total of nine collections, which include the Blue Story, a Printed look, Denim look, Italian look, Indoor Western look, Fusion look, Formal look, Power Dressing look, and Ceremonial look. Inspired by European architecture and the colours of nature, this show will forecast fashion trends a year in advance, allowing men to be more aware of the trends they need to lookout for and use to dress for different occasions. Adding an element of glamour to the show, renowned local and international models will showcase each collection at the event.

Commenting on the launch, Fouzul Hameed, Managing Director of the Hameedia Group stated, “A man needs many things in life to be complete, which is a healthy life, comfortable traveling, perfect grooming, ease of mind and a heart to give back to the society. ‘Concept 2015’ show revolves around that purpose. Last year we took a great leap forward by launching our very own fashion show. The show has been created to change the landscape of menswear fashion in Sri Lanka. The way someone is dressed defines their personality and this show is all about showcasing the extensive range of clothing that we create for men. It’s all about showing men that their clothes need not be rudimentary and discreet, the show helps men realize that they can make great fashion choices for every occasion. Prasad Bidapa comes on board again this year as the choreographer for ‘Concept 2015’. We are honoured to partner with him and his experience and expertise will undoubtedly give the show an international look and feel, making it the most anticipated menswear extravaganza in the local fashion calendar.”

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Hameed further added, “Serving society is a core value of the Hameedia Group, and ‘Concept 2015’ will feature a variety of fundraising initiatives. Many strategic partners are joining our fundraising efforts this year by supporting this event and all proceeds collected via ‘Concept 2015’ will be channelled towards the ‘My Friend’ project, which helps educate underprivileged and marginalized children across the country. The Captain of Sri Lanka’s National Cricket Team, Angelo Matthews, is a trustee and ambassador of the ‘My Friend’ project and he continues to support all the fundraising initiatives we have planned for the project at ‘Concept 2015’.

Fouzul Hameed is the mogul of menswear in Sri Lanka and the upcoming ‘Concept 2015’ show is set to further enhance the Sri Lankan men’s fashion arena and uplift the FH brand to international standards. The collections that will be showcased at the event encompass over 60 years of tradition, know-how and expertise and will truly raise the bar of the local menswear industry. ‘Concept 2015’ will look towards future seasons while expanding on lifestyle-influenced designs that are tailored to suit every individual.

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

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Black and gold poncho

As you all know, I cannot help myself whenever I drop by Odel. I was going to stay away for a couple more weeks but then yesterday was a full moon poya holiday over here and my late afternoon was quite free so I got myself dropped there for a short while. There were plenty of new selections and designs in store and at first I had an armful of clothes which included a pretty cotton printed dress, a mint green lace top and black and gold poncho like tunic top.

Unfortunately (or fortunately I guess) the dress was a bit too pricey for my liking of a cotton casual one and the lace top was a size too large and I was too lazy to go hunting for a larger size. The black and gold poncho however was right up my alley. It has a v-shaped bottom half and printed gold design on the centre as well as two sleeves.

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The poncho-like top
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A closer look at the gold print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Xoxo

Friday casuals

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Pairing nude with prints

Yay for Friday! My personal Friday casuals this week is a lovely navy blue and white print dress from Mondy paired with leggings from India and a nude cardigan from Odel. I love casual outfits like these because I am also able to do a bit of shopping and run errands. The dress is super comfortable and the light cardigan is super soft.

What’s your favourite Friday casual look? 🙂

Xoxo

Clothing haul!

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of shopping for clothes, also because I’m leaving for Hajj in a matter of two weeks, and I need a couple of staple pieces to take with me. Amidst all of that, I have also been buying some extra clothing pieces to wear when I get back because… well, because I just can’t help myself! I used to shop a LOT at Odel but of late I have been going to Cotton Collection a hell of a lot as well my other favourite store Mondy. So I’ll be showing you guys some of the clothing items I got 😀

Pants, pants, pants and pants!
Pants, pants, pants and pants!

I can’t help myself when I come across cotton pants. I got four of the same type in different colours simply because they are too soft and comfortable when worn. They are also a loose fit so I will be taking these with me to Saudi. Here’s a closer look: (oh please don’t mind the crease!)

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I got these pants from Cotton Collection for just about Rs. 1,600 each which I think is a really good price for something that’s super soft, comfortable and easy on the eyes.

I love shopping at Mondy simply because they have a good understanding of body types and sizes unlike some of the other stores. Their clothes always fits so well on me and looks just as great which is why I continue going there. Here’s a look at what I got from there:

Teal shirt top
Teal shirt top

I don’t own anything in this shade so I knew I had to have it the moment I saw it. Plus, I did purchase two palazzo pants some time back and I thought this would really go well with one of them. It’s got cute frill detail on the shoulders, a little pocket highlighted with a black rim and more detail on the back that you can pull back and tie into a bow. It’s unfortunately got like the longest ever sleeves but I plan to fold them over a couple of times when wearing them so that it does not look sloppy on me. This retails for about Rs. 2,000-2,600.

Tunics
Tunics

The one of the right is another I got from Mondy whilst the left and one in the middle are gifts from my mum who took a trip to India a few weeks ago and bought them at my favourite store – Global Desi. All three have unique prints on them which I love and can be worn for different ocassions. I do not know how much the tops from India retail for but the blue and white from Mondy retails between Rs. 1,800-2,400.

So what’d you think? 🙂

Xoxo

The Trend Collection

What woman can say ‘no’ to a pair of shoes? Let’s face it; we all need some sort of shoes to don on our precious feet, and why can’t they be just as stylish, spunky and as fabulous as you are!

When it comes to shoes, Sri Lanka doesn’t have all too many stylized stores to go to. Leather Collection (LC) however has been a place where women have been hoarding for years. As one of the most prominent accessories stores in town, LC focuses on not just shoes but also handbags, wallets, belts, shawls, gift items as well as accessories. The brand is synonymous with quality and style, something that the company does not believe in compromising and is also well-known for carrying ranges of accessories that are must-haves and fashion favourites.

Cranberry and gold
Cranberry and gold

On 16 August, they launched their newest Trend Collection at the Leather Collection Flagship Store- a collection also inspired by the fall season. This collection includes strappy minimal sandals, trendy cork wedges, snake print structured bags, suede hobos, woven leather wallets and also some embellished and ethnic heels.

Highlighting the fall season, small sections of the store at Flower Road, Colombo 07, included bags and shoes in particular shades of colour. Pinks and nudes are forever favourites but also included were deep sea blues, reds, oranges and plums. I personally think this is a good way of getting a customer’s attention towards a particular shade instead just a particular style.

Accessories, men's wallets and an array of red structured bags
Accessories, men’s wallets and an array of red structured bags

I’m a sucker for both flats and heels so LC really is like a kid walking into a candy store experience for me. I liked that the new collection includes something for everyone.

If you want something flat, simple and for daily wear, you’ll be sure to find a metallic strap adorned pair on the ground floor. For trendy and funky ethnic wedges, hit the second floor and go by the Kokommo section. For the leather love, Hidesign proves to be a constant favourite and does not disappoint. From ladies handbags to wallets for the men, gentlemen’s satchels to casual sling bags, there’s a vast selection of choices. For occasion wear you’ll find sexy heels and pumps in gorgeous shades lined up on the left side of the ground floor and no, I haven’t forgotten the men – an entire range of accessories await on the lower level of the store which houses shoes, wallets, satchels, passport holders, belts, scarves, cross body bags and more for the metrosexual man in town.

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LC is located at No. 26, Flower Road, Colombo 07.

Jumpsuit ready!

I think we’re heading back in time. Whenever I see a new trend pop up on a fashion site, I find myself teleporting back in time. Whether it’s the floral prints, the hobo chic babe look, the crop tops and or even the latest jumpsuit fad, it’s all looks and trends that’s coming back from the past.

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Solid tones

In Sri Lanka we’re still not ready for the jumpsuit look but you’ll find similar pants and crop tops finding their way here and there. It’s not an easy to look to carry off if you haven’t looked at how it was styled in the yesteryears. It gives a very aloof and chic look overall, something I feel not many locals can carry. For the most part, I suppose a simple solid coloured jumpsuit is a good start. Suits in solid blacks, navy blues, hot reds and even royal purples are a good choice to turn to.

Florals
Florals

On the other hand there are also the adorable and summery florals and other prints like the ones shown above. Now these can be work both ways; on short as well as long jumpsuits. Which one is best, depends on how you carry yourself and occasion. On a hot sunny day you can possibly don a short floral jumpsuit but for an evening out perhaps a solid long navy would be more fitting.

Then there are the ones with strappy sleeves, short sleeves and no sleeves. Yet again, which is best suited depends on your comfort zone and the occasion. A light jacket can spruce the look up or perhaps a cotton shawl might do the trick for a movie out with the girls.

Choose your footwear wisely
Choose your footwear wisely

Pairing your jumpsuit with the right accessories is also very important. You can opt for flats or heels – while the former will be ideal for a day time look, the latter will oomph the look and give it a very sophisticated look. Keep your jewellery simple for jumpsuits. Nothing too overbearing really, so a single thread necklace, a few solid bangles on the wrist and hoop earrings should do the trick for most occasions.

The choices are endless really - florals, prints and stripes!
The choices are endless really – florals, prints and stripes!

When it comes to handbags, you can opt for cross-body types or clutches. Mix prints with these to create a funky look and stand out from the crowd. A solid one with a printed jumpsuit, a printed one with a solid jumpsuit or even switch it all up if you’re feeling daring enough to go with it!

As published in the Ceylon Today newspapers 🙂

Xoxo

A Story in Print

As you all already know, I tend to waltz over to Odel whenever I want simply because it’s so close to my home. I don’t necessarily buy something on every trip but I do like to have an idea of what’s new in store, what’s trending and get that good shopping vibe. I did however buy two printed palazzo pants the other day but I’ll save that for another post!

For today, I just wanted to feature the new look and in house magazine titled ‘A Story in Print’. On behalf of the print on print look that’s trending right now, I just love how they’ve worked it throughout the decor of the store. All the mannequins have such cool and funky looks which I love but I know half of what I wouldn’t be able to pull off on my own.

Look of the magazine
Look of the magazine

 

So the magazine highlights the current trend and also gives the reader an idea of how they can get the look as well by mixing simple and easy prints together. I don’t find too many Sri Lankans experimenting with looks but I know this trend is something that can be well received especially because we are from a tropical country and prints are a great representation of who we are.

I’m still favouring florals the most but I do however have a little liking towards leopard prints. I’m not into zebra and other type of animal prints however for my looks simply because it’s a bit tougher to pair with my ethnic wear.

Go tropical!
Go tropical!

 

I’ve already talked about how this trend can be paired so I’m not going to get into that again. However, for those in Sri Lanka, I think it would be a good idea to go on and grab this magazine (it is FREE after all) because it does have some good pointers and also gives you an idea of what’s new in store and its prices.

I do want to say that the store leans towards being pricey but that doesn’t seem to stop everyone from going there and making a purchase of any sort. Besides clothes and accessories, Odel does house a couple more stuff including books, household items, kids items and awesome Sri Lankan souvenirs.

Competition time!
Competition time!

If you like taking part in competition, this one’s certainly right up our alley! If you’re unable to read the instructions, do check out their Facebook page for more details.

Have a great day all! 🙂