Daraz Fashion Week: Sri Lanka’s first online shoppable fashion week

Views - 96 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s first ever online fashion week by is mere days away and the excitement has reached fever pitch. What could be more exciting than an entire week of shopping without needing to leave your seat? No need to lug heavy bags from shop

Fast fashion Korean brand XIMIVOGUE launches in Sri Lanka

Views - 125 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

The fast fashion merchandise brand XIMIVOGUE recently launched in Sri Lanka. The new outlet in Maharagama was unveiled recently and accommodates various products such as household items, health and beauty, seasonal products, plush dolls and toys, di

University of Moratuwa Graduation Fashion Show to heighten local talent

Views - 115 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena The University of Moratuwa Graduation Fashion Show is to showcase various outfits, designed by the students while taking local talent to new heights on 14 August at 6:30 p.m. at the Shangri La Hotel Colombo. The 12th edition w

‘Sri Lanka Design Week 2018’ set to celebrate integrations and innovations in design

Views - 76 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

The Department of Integrated Design of the University of Moratuwa is set to host a week-long celebration of product design, fashion and lifestyle design, media and communication design – the highly anticipated ‘Sri Lanka Design Week 2018’. The

SLDW 2018 to celebrate design in Sri Lanka

Views - 66 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Design Week 2018 (SLDW), a fête of product design, fashion and lifestyle design, media and communications design, is to take place delivering a range of platforms and experiences that will inspire design on multiple levels.

Responsible Fashion Summit 2nd edition kicks off with designer perspective

Views - 40 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

The theme for the second Responsible Fashion Summit held was ‘Earth Sensitive’, with nearly every stakeholder of the fashion supply chain sharing knowledge of direction.

AOD backs alumnus Amesh Wijesekera’s Intl. Fashion Showcase participation at London Fashion Week

Views - 54 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Amesh Wijesekera has been selected from close to 100 international designers for the International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week. The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) nurtures and presents work from the most exciting fashion talent from

Responsible Fashion Summit highlights current issues of fashion industry

Views - 110 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Focusing on environmental responsibility on the theme ‘Earth Sensitive,’ the Responsible Fashion Summit was held recently for the second consecutive year to redefine sustainability and to bring solutions that are relevant to t

Design for Sustainable Development Foundation’s fashion with purpose to empower local artisans

Views - 343 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

The Design for Sustainable Development Foundation (DSDF) an entity that has long been supporting the local arts and craft

Hirdaramani Group demonstrates responsibility in the fashion industry

Views - 42 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

The Hirdaramani Group one of the key advocates at this week’s Responsible Fashion Summit, once again actively reinforced

Federer walks out at Wimbledon in Uniqlo shirt, not Nike

Views - 35 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Roger Federer’s career-long association with Nike appeared to be over yesterday as the Wimbledon champion walked on to Centre Court to open the defence of his title wearing a Uniqlo branded outfit. Gone was the Nike swish from his

Best of Sri Lankan apparel at SLABA Runway 2018 Royal

Views - 48 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association (SLABA) will once again stage SLABA Runway 2018, featuring the cream of Sri Lanka’s apparel brands that will showcase their designs on 11 September at a glitzy ramp extravaganza. SLABA Runway 2018’ will be

Singer Fashion Academy first in SL to receive CSD (UK) ‘Validated’ status

Views - 147 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Helping local students studying fashion embark on a successful international career, the Singer Fashion Academy has recently become the first Sri Lankan institute to receive ‘Validated’ status for courses from the Chartered Society of Designers (

DSI opens brand new showroom in Kurunegala

Views - 206 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

No.138, Colombo Road, Kurunegala is now the address of the brand new DSI showroom. Ceremonially opened on 14 June, the showroom is the fourth to be opened in the town of Kurunegala to provide customers with easier access to the entire range of brands

2nd Responsible Fashion Summit focuses on environmental responsibility with theme ‘Earth Sensitive’

Views - 54 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

There is greater need now in the world of fashion to redefine sustainability and to bring solutions that are relevant to the issues that the global fashion industry is facing. The Responsible Fashion Movement was set up in 2017 to do just that. It fi

Menswear in vogue for luxury brands with designs on growth

Views - 31 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): Young, hip, urban, and male ... meet the fashion world’s new best friend. Luxury brands are raising their game in menswear, which is expanding at a faster clip than women’s clothing as styles loosen up and streetwear like hoodies

BMW partners with Luxury Resortwear Edition of Swim Week Colombo

Views - 95 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

BMW recognised as the world’s most sustainable company in the automotive industry by Dow Jones Sustainability Index since 2005, recently partnered with the Luxury Resortwear Edition of Swim Week Colombo to endorse Swim Week’s vision to create a u

The true cost of fashion

Views - 26 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Year 2018 marks five years since the fourth largest industrial disaster in history, which claimed the lives of 1,138 garment workers and injured another 2,500. On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed due to structural failure of th

Luxury Resortwear edition of Swim Week Colombo creates business opportunity for local designers

Views - 80 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Swim Week Colombo through its latest edition of Luxury Resortwear creates a destination based opportunity for Sri Lankan designers by focusing on one of the world’s most high growth categories. Luxury Resortwear is on the rise around the world due

Fouzul Hameed grooms Mr. World Sri Lanka 2018 contestants

Views - 59 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Fashion Guru, Fouzul Hameed recently shared his expertise with the contestants of the prestigious Siyatha Mr. World Sri Lanka 2018

IGFS 2018 to showcase best talent

Views - 123 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

International Graduate Fashion Spectacle (IGFS) 2018 organised by Mod’Art International and Lanka Institute of Fashion

Syrian refugee launches luxury sneaker brand in France

Views - 40 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

LILLE, France (Reuters): When Daniel Essa fled Syria in 2014, he faced an uncertain future as a refugee in France, where he knew few people and less French.

Fashion Card of Nations Trust Bank American Express celebrates luxury resort wear with Fashion Week

Views - 42 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Synonymous with luxury lifestyles, Nations Trust American Express Card takes pride in bringing forth distinctive and memorable experiences for their Card members.

Italian Embassy partners AOD to celebrate iconic Italian design

Views - 54 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Forming a progressive partnership between academia and diplomacy, the Italian Embassy in Colombo recently collaborated with AOD to present a rare rendition into the most iconic elements of Italy’s creative legacy.

Responsible Fashion Movement presents 2nd hackathon: The Making of the Green Gene

Views - 30 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

The Responsible Fashion Movement launched their second hackathon last month under the theme ‘THE MAKING OF THE GREEN GENE” in association with the Hirdaramani Group.

Islamic fashion school cuts a faithful figure in Indonesia

Views - 30 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:45

Reuters: Indonesia’s first Islamic fashion school is teaching students in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country the usual skills of design, styling and marketing - but with a religion-specific twist. As demand grows for Islamic apparel, fe

With sales boom in mind, Gucci tightens grip on suppliers

Views - 20 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:42

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters): Kering’s fashion powerhouse Gucci is bringing more manufacturing in-house, as luxury firms step up efforts to meet rampant demand from Chinese shoppers with slicker operations. Gucci, which said this week it could one day

Luxury Resort-wear: Focus of next Fashion Week

Views - 295 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

The next edition of Fashion Week Colombo from 4 to 7 July at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo The growing segment of Luxury Resort-wear will be in focus at the next edition of Fashion Week, hosted at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. This segment includes Swimwe

Kim Kardashian and Naomi Campbell pick up honors at U.S. fashion awards

Views - 21 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

Reuters: Some of the biggest names and fans of fashion made their way to Brooklyn

‘Threads of Time’ to showcase the best of Stylemart Designer Kavita Thulasidas

Views - 75 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

Threads of Time,’ a fashion extravaganza, will display some of the best creations of Stylemart Singapore Designer and Owner Kavita Thulasidas on 2 September at the Hilton Ballroom.

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Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.

Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti

Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist

Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new

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