Apparel / Fashion / Design

3rd Responsible Fashion Summit to focus on circularity in fashion and ocean plastics

Views - 142 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

The third edition of Responsible Fashion Summit will take place on 8 August at Hilton Colombo. The Responsible Fashion Summit is a part of the Responsible Fashion Movement which was launched in 2017, with the key objectives of showcasing Sri Lanka as


Emerald Active re-invents a wardrobe staple – the casual shirt

Views - 37 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

Emerald, Sri Lanka’s specialists in luxury-grade menswear, have unveiled a dapper, new look for their smart-casual range, Emerald Active. The premium shirting brand’s new collection of informal -yet trendy- button-down shirts is aimed at the gent


Meghan guest edits British Vogue, features “Forces for Change” women

Views - 23 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Meghan, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, has chosen to feature 15 women she considers “Forces for Change” on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue that she guest edited, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday. The Duchess


Fashionmarket.lk: Sri Lanka’s fashion retail groundbreaker reveals story behind new identity

Views - 320 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:39

When fashionmarket.lk first entered Sri Lanka’s style scene, things were just starting to change. There were consumers with growing spending power looking for homegrown designer brands to wear proudly, and the retail experiences were just starting


‘Incredible Textiles of India’ – IITExpo 2019 from 29 to 31 July

Views - 59 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:37

The Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL), set up by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, will be organising the exhibition cum buyer seller meet ‘India International Textiles Expo’ or IITExpo Colombo 2019, on 29


SWX-ShirtWorks offers world-class bespoke shirts to CH17 corporate membership

Views - 56 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:37

Perfect fit, stylish cut and tailored to measure are the current trends among young corporate executives. SWX is planning to do just that by meeting the demands of fashion-conscious executives through a special innovative program jointly with CH17 Co


Singers Solange and Lisa star in Paris fashion week’s finale

Views - 44 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): The curtain came down on Paris men’s fashion Sunday with two high-concept shows that had walk-on roles for Solange and K-pop sensation Lisa. Kenzo’s design duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon said goodbye to the French label with Solang


India International Textiles Expo 2019 in July in Colombo

Views - 104 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL), set up by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is organising an exhibition cum buyer seller meet,‘India International Textiles Expo’ IITExpo Colombo 2019, during 29, 30 and 31Jul


‘The Hameedia Wedding Touch’ launched

Views - 52 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

Hameedia, the leading menswear brand in Sri Lanka that is synonymous with style and quality, recently launched its newest campaign ‘The Hameedia Wedding Touch’. Focused on creating the perfect groom for his biggest day, the Hameedia Wedding Touc


Colombo Innovation Tower partners with Netherlands-based Fashion for Good

Views - 71 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan apparel industry and international sustainable fashion champions advocate sustainable fashion agenda out of Sri Lanka As a key partner in the region, Colombo Innovation Tower (CIT) is in an exceptional position to strengthen Fashion for Go


Colombo Innovation Tower to open this July 

Views - 549 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:40

Design is at the heart of everything and everyone has woken up to it. With a new AOD 3.0 model in the making, AOD is well poised to be the engine at the Colombo Innovation Tower, together with many tech and international design partners to deliver wh


Investor enthusiasm grows as Hela Clothing completes Series A funding round

Views - 101 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:38

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer, Hela Clothing Group, announced it has completed the balance raise of $ 3.6 million from its Series A funding round bringing the total equity raised to $ 10 million, following an advisory board visit in Sri Lanka by al


Singer Fashion Academy hosts free workshops for fashion entrepreneurs

Views - 67 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:37

Giving an opportunity for future fashion entrepreneurs and designers in the country to obtain the knowledge and techniques required to progress in building their design collections and fashion businesses, The Singer Fashion Academy has commenced a se


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka announces November dates for 2019

Views - 226 Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:04

Organised by AOD in collaboration with Dimo, MBFW SL is one of South Asia’s premier global fashion showcases, taking place annually in Sri Lanka. It unlocks powerful opportunities for regional fashion designers, wearable brands and apparel business


Vantage launches top quality innerwear line

Views - 190 Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:00

Vantage, one of Sri Lanka’s most respected men’s fashion labels, launched their brand new range of Vantage Innerwear at a gala launch event held at the Shangri-La, Colombo. The event took place at the Lotus Ballroom at Shangri-La, Colombo recentl


Asia’s top ethnic fashion brand to enter Sri Lanka

Views - 186 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:58

Khaadi, an iconic fast fashion retail force, has appointed MTI Consulting for its Sri Lanka market entry. Having carried out an initial market feasibility study, Khaadi has identified the high potential to establish the premium ethnic fashion brand i


HUGO BOSS launches BOSS Spring/Summer 2019 Collection in Sri Lanka

Views - 115 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:57

California Breeze Made at the brand’s technical centre in Germany, the BOSS Spring/Summer 2019 collection takes inspiration from the coastal cities and modern houses overlooking the ocean in California. This overlap of beach and metropolitan life i


Hameedia joins Cinnamon City Weddings 2019 as Official Grooms’ Clothing partner

Views - 135 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:53

Sri Lanka’s leading menswear brand Hameedia recently joined hands with Cinnamon City Weddings 2019 as its Official Menswear/Grooms’ Clothing partner. “As we celebrate our 70th anniversary this year, our wedding wear campaign will raise the bar


Dialog partners with Colombo Fashion Week to bring the best of Sri Lankan fashion

Views - 126 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has partnered with Colombo Fashion Week, the leading event on the Sri Lankan fashion and design industry calendar, to bring forth a progressive change to every aspect of the fashion indu


Fashion meets chocolate at Shangri-La Hotel Colombo

Views - 142 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

In celebration of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week 2019 Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo unlocks new possibilities and presents the beautiful chocolate designs of the creative culinary team of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. “The natural and stylistic world of fashi


TRESemmé to launch into Sri Lanka in style at Colombo Fashion Week 2019

Views - 122 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

Inspiring women to play with their personal style and adopt the latest looks from the catwalk to their everyday, Unilever Sri Lanka is set to launch TRESemmé – a global hair-care brand to Sri Lanka by partnering Day 3 of the Colombo Fashion Week,


CFW Film Festival highlights talent through fashion videos shot on smartphones

Views - 135 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Bringing out talent of emerging young directors through creative videos shot on smartphones, the first-ever Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) Film Festival kicked off this Monday highlighting trends in the industry. A good start to the


Colombo Fashion Week mentorship program

Views - 83 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

Colombo Fashion Week is conducting a new mentorship program where the 12 high potential Emerging Designers selected through the CFW system are mentored and guided through a new mentorship format, created to lead the Emerging Designers in design and r


Fashion startup Zilingo raises $226 million from Singapore’s Temasek, others

Views - 104 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Southeast Asian fashion startup Zilingo said it has raised $226 million in its latest funding round from existing backers such as venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, with Singapore’s Temasek Holdings joining as a new investor


HSBC Colombo Fashion Week collaborates with Turkey to explore opportunities in fashion development

Views - 106 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, in its 16th year, as per the vision The Next 15 expands the scope to include formal international collaborations to create opportunities for Sri Lankan designers and for the fashion design industry of Sri Lanka. This collab


Popular Indian fashion brand ‘W’ arrives at Colombo City Centre

Views - 254 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:40

The Colombo City Centre is now the site of a brand new ‘W’ Showroom, brought by D. Samson & Sons Ltd., a member of the DSI Samson Group. The third in the line of showrooms in Sri Lanka, it was opened on 28 January. W stores are also located in Ka


CFW 2019; a blend of fashion and film

Views - 371 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:31

By Divya Thotawatte Giving a new edge to the 16th edition of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, the film industry will be collaborating with fashion to create a platform to promote designs through visuals while highlighting Colombo as a tourist hub, said


Lankan companies upbeat on future prospects of Sri Lankan apparel exports to US

Views - 395 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:30

Eight leading Sri Lankan apparel exporters of the Chamber of Garment Exporters of Sri Lanka participated in the Apparel Sourcing USA exhibition, held in New York, USA from 21-23 January, with the objective of promoting Sri Lankan apparels in the US m


Next edition of Colombo Fashion Week with an expanded vision is here

Views - 388 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:08

The fashion development journey that started in 2003 turns another leaf in taking the fashion design industry to the next level in 2019. Colombo Fashion Week popularly known as CFW envisioned this journey at the beginning of the last 15 years which i


DIMO walks Sri Lankan fashion industry to international ramps

Views - 181 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:04

Young Sri Lankan fashion star Amesh Wijesekara has reached the international ramps of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, after his breakthrough appearance on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) Sri Lanka.


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Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Generally, it is expected that religion should be a solution to a problem. Ironically in Sri Lanka religion is the problem. Therefore, what would be the solution? When religion becomes a problem of a country....


Orthodoxy and change: A perennial Muslim issue

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Whether Muslims live as minorities in non-Muslim countries or as majorities in a total of fifty seven countries, the clash of orthodoxy with modern challenges is a perennial issue that bedevils progress on several fronts in these communities.


Making the MCC Compact work for Sri Lanka

Friday, 16 August 2019

It is a sign of these political times that even an apolitical issue like a foreign aid program becomes a hot topic in Sri Lanka. In April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a compact program for Sri La


Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Friday, 16 August 2019

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w


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