MBFW Day 1 - Graduate Showcase

Oct 26 2018. view 212


Day one of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka kicked off in style as 33 uber talented fashion graduates took to the runway to showcase their collections. Innovative, and fashion savvy the collections displayed the wealth of design talent that Sri Lanka has to offer.

Amesh Wijesekera

Unveiling his collection for 2019 UK based designer Amesh gave a  sneak peek of what’s in store. Sticking to his signature style of layered clothing using various textures. Amesh lived up to the hype that surrounds him.

Arean Zhou

Exaggerated silhouettes were the order of the day in this collection which was inspired by Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi’s work  Il Coccodeista.  Named Evolve, this collection was unusual and highlighted the designer’s creative imagination.

Sophie Beet


Swimwear in bright punchy colours graced the runway as sophie sent a collection of fun and flirty swimwear. She believes that fashion is the most powerful tool to influence others on the topic of covering up and reapplying sunscreen to reduce skin cancer.

Mauro  Medaglia

Embarking on a curious journey, Mauro was inspired by the sartorial research of Nick Veasey’s  X Ray art, where the outerwear is analaysed and decomposed like a cubist painting.The jackets look overturned, the exterior becomes lining and the maxi pockets are fitted as accessories. This collection provided an interpretation of an intellectual and extravagant femininity, embodied in Peggy Guggenheim and in the fashion of the 40s.

Peng Pang

The collection /Body Code/ is inspired by the body’s meridians and the water circulation system in traditional Chinese medicine. It reflects TCM’s essence with gentle colour contrasting, hand- stitched traditional Chinese Su embroidery, and delicate textures in silk and wool.

Maria Nava

This collection took inspiration from Otto Dix and Felixmüller paintings, the triadic ballet by Oskar Schlemmer and Soldier Uniforms and Wedding Gowns of the 1920's. Her goal was to combine odd materials and silhouettes (elongated necklines, armholes and waistbands) in order to
portray the emotional and unstable mood of that era.


Stefan Vella

Through this collection Vella explored the ambiguities and contradictions that are part and parcel of living in a world that is becoming more dependent on technology. Inspiration from high tech and performance gear were applied to garments that might be considered inefficient and cumbersome. 


Menushi Jayatillake


This collection unravels a story through the blending of masculine materials and silhouettes, such as pinstripes and crisp pattern cuttings used in men’s tailoring suits, with linen and other fabrics, like cotton and satin. Whimsical materials are also added for an ultra-feminine silhouette, making this a state-of-art collection. The key colours of this collection consist of khaki, off-white and black.

 

Sandani Perera

 

The inspiration for Sandani’s debut collection for SS19, “Structured flow” stems from contemporary minimal architecture, the collection  consists of silhouettes that are simple but have strong and intricate detailing. Simplicity and quality are key. Fabric and manipulation techniques will be inspired by the chosen theme.

Natharlea Yahampath

Narthelea’s 2019 collection is designed with the collaboration of Sri Lankan artisans who have mastered the handicraft and embroidery craft. This adds an exceptional value and a touch of modern luxury couture to the entire collection. The collection silhouettes were inspired by power dressing for both men and women

Anum Dassanayake

Elements such as nightlife, architecture, colours, people and atmosphere come together in this collection to portray "Beautiful Hell" inspired by a visit to Amsterdam. Colours ranged from near-blacks to romantic reds and skin tones. These tones appear to have been cast to be viewed through a moonlit lens.

Thushie Jayasekera 

Inspired by the iridescent shades of the sea and the tropical colours of coral reefs and fish, Sub-aquatic Glitch by TINK is a collection of ready to wear garments, consisting of fringed mini dresses, embellished pieces and cover-ups capturing the movement and texture of the magical world down under.


Anuththara Rajapakse 

Inspired by 80’s sportswear, comics and Harajuku fashion, this whimsical collection embodies a spirit of childish playfulness. The silhouettes are feminine yet fun, accentuated with a mix of bright and quirky embellishments and fabrics that hint at transparency whilst generating volume and weight.

 

Sripratha Iyer

 

Bringing the 1940's tailoring and the 1980's outerwear together by hybridizing two or more different garments into one with couture techniques.

 

Senalli Ranatunga


 

She created swimwear with cover ups inspired by British, Japanese and Russian Ancient fishermen and sea life with digital prints, spray painting and inflatable techniques

 

Oshini Polwattage

‘Retrospective Fusion’ connects with late 60s’, early 70s’ silhouettes and geometricised versions of designs derived from French Gothic architectural elements such as pinnacles and window tracery to bring out a contemporary tailored look. While the sharp shoulder lines and tamed silhouettes provide the sharpness, checked paper boy hats and clear round glasses gives a chic look to the overall mood of the collection.

 

Naveena Pushparaj

 

Using 1950s Hawaiian and tropical illustrations for her inspiration, she has extracted colour palettes and illustration styles for her prints. Most of her prints are derived from hand illustration work and furthered through digital design. The silhouettes are taken from bomber jackets and tailored ideas from which she has adapted and created a new, modern and wearable collection.

 

Imasha De Silva


 

This collection was inspired by the silhouettes of ranch girls and Prairie girls. The Prairie girls influenced the feminine feel to the collection, while insect prints were inspired by vintage insect botanical drawings and antique Valentine’s Day cards inspired the print of the roses. The colours of the silhouettes were inspired by vintage posters with ruffles and snake-skin used as a nod to the ranch girl.

 

Ruvishka Peiris

 

The concept ‘Exurbia’ has an architecture that has been developed to a more dramatic feel. It was inspired by the two architects, Zaha Hadid and Oscar Niemeyer. Along with it the main inspiration for the prints were through marbles.

 

Mewuni Ranasinghe

 

Workwear inspired denim collection combines iconic visual elements of a painter by layering textiles with hand embroidery, hand paintings and bleaching techniques.

 

Rachel Sylvester

 

A collection themed 'Alice in Wonderland' with garments that give prominence to femininity with 70's garment inspirations incorporated with vibrant colours and enhanced with prints and attention to detailing.

 

Maneesha Fernando

 

This collection is a clash of cultures, using the fruit shops of Sri Lanka as inspiration. Fernando worked with a traditional craft and updated it for a modern context using all of her own drawings. The collection is a fun, fruity collection inspired by Dolce and Gabanna and Italian eccentricity.

 

Harshanya Iyer

 

The masculinity of the 1980s’ tailoring meets the elegance of the 1930s’ evening gowns to produce a romantic, feminine, yet masculine womenswear collection.

 

Sarah Afzal

 

Bringing out the idea of deconstruction while referring to 1940s’ tailoring. showcased in a capsule collection that will emphasise on print, embellishment and fabric manipulation.

 

Pabasari Kaluthanthri


 

The concept was inspired by the dress of plague doctors who prevailed from the 17th to the 19th century. As these costumes had bird like features, Pabasari based her print and embroidery on birds and traditional Sri Lankan bird motifs. She used 16th-century garments as her main inspiration which
includes detailed capes, jackets and gowns.

 

Ashini Silva

 

The fusion of ancient Ceylon and 1980s’ tailoring combines the essence of nostalgia in a contemporary context through the application of ‘deconstruction’ methods to reconstruct new silhouettes. Textured fabrics such as linens and cottons create an interesting hand feel while giving anatural feel to the garments accompanied with the organic colours which have been explored and refined through natural methods.

 

Thamoda Wickramasinghe

 

The concept for this collection is a fusion of 1950s and 1970s silhouettes with Shaman costume and detailing. Tailoring techniques, shapes and details are paired with interesting embroidery, beautiful fabrics and intricate bead-work to create a collection with a contemporary modern take on
tradition.

 

Deanne Edirisuriya

 

This collection is influenced by ancient samurai costumes and robotic exoskeletons, creating a tailored collection with oriental aesthetics.

 

Thilini Silva

 

This collection is about contrast between volume and fit inspired by Hanboks, late 1960s’ early 1970s’ corsets. It incorporates silks hand painted and dyed in shades of soft pink highlighting an ethereal and
feminine feel.

 

Pramodi Wickramarachchi

 

This collection is inspired by the iconic silhouettes and construction of vintage Cristobal Balenciaga garments and the audacity of the true Punk spirit. It's a story of a closeted Renegade. A Silhouette caught between refinement and rebellion. The collection is categorised under "Prêt-à- Couture" for its use of couture luxury with the practicality of RTW.

 

Leshani Peiris

 

Inspiration stems from tailoring techniques and pattern mixing of the late 1940s to 1950s menswear and structural aspects of medieval suits of armour, a menswear collection that challenges the traditional men's sartorial silhouette.

 

Punna Withanaarachchi

“Sporty couture” is all about luxury athleisure where it is not only limited to casual wear but also a glamorous attire. This collection is a combination of the 80s’ athleisure,50s’ silhouettes and components from the hunting jackets. The print inspiration for the collection is coming from the paintings of Kenneth Norland and the graffiti art from the Berlin wall.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tina Edward Gunawardhana

Tina Edward Gunawardhana is a journalist specialising in travel, lifestyle, cuisine and personalities. She is also the features writer for Hi!! Magazine. An intrepid traveller, she likes to show readers the world through her eyes and experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - tinajourno tinajourno@gmail.com


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