Renowned Sri Lankan designer Chrysanthie Fernandopulle makes a comeback to the local fashion with the launch of ‘Catwalk Rag’ 2012. After a 15 year break from the industry, the infamous ‘Catwalk Rag’ fashion show will make a comeback this March. The tenth edition will bring to the runway an exquisite selection of batik designs showcased though sari’s and dresses.
Chrysanthie an iconic figure in Sri Lankan fashion industry has had her work in the spotlight on numerous occasions. One of the main highlights in her career was the design of Rosy Senanayake’s National Costume which won the award for National Costume in 1985, which was the same year Rosy went on to be crowned Mrs. World.
Other such milestones in her career include her recognition at the Zonta Club’s Woman of Achievement Award in 1989; she also trains, grooms and dresses beauty queens taking part in Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe and Miss World.
This year’s show will showcase a mix of saris and dresses in pure silk and lace that would flatter any feminine silhouette as it drapes seamlessly over every curve. The colour plate Chrysanthie has selected for this year’s runway includes a range of batiks that infuse a selection of colours varying from lush whites, mid night blacks and other solid colours. For her comeback she has introduced a collection of wild animal prints, block prints and a range of unique floral prints.
Catwalk Rag 2012 will showcase seven lines, the first of which is inspired by social butterflies; consist of a young and vibrant collection of white ready to wear party outfits created in silk and lace. The second line takes reflections from her past collection with a selection of long dress and saris in tie/dye.
The show stoppers at the show would be the black evening dresses in silk and the line that is influenced by Bollywood, both of which are opulent and available in limited pieces. She will also showcase a range silky summery floral prints, block prints and animal prints that would be transformed into maxis, dresses and saris.
Speaking on her comeback and her tenth show, Chrysanthie Fernandopulle stated: ‘‘This is a very exciting time for me and I look forward to my return to the Sri Lankan fashion industry. Catwalk Rag has been meticulously planned to showcase some of my best work and ensure that my audience witnesses the finest batik in the fashion industry.’’