Glitzy Fashions

By Madhushala Senaratne, Pix by J. Weerasekera

Want to know what's hot and what's not these days when it comes to sarees and evening wear? Want to see them yourself? Well, go down to Cinnamon Grand next Sunday and you will know just about what I am talking about. Hint – the name says it all – Fashion in Vogue.

Presented by the Past Pupils' Association (PPA) of Holy Family Convent, Fashion in Vogue promises to be a glamorous evening, with lots to see, listen to and buy. There are some very interesting guest performances and of course plenty of stalls. And here's something to note – all funds collected from the event will be donated towards ongoing projects of the PPA. So if you are a past pupil of HFC and/ or is interested in fashion…this is for you.

The fashion show is choreographed by Geraldine Bandaranaike and features an ethnic collection presented by Sona Mandhir Designer Collection and an evening wear collection with outfits designed by Ruchira Silva of Rebel International.

The evening will be in two sections, Geraldine explains, adding that about 50 outfits will be displayed in each section. "The first half would be the Western section and the second half would feature ethnic wear," she says, adding that the trendiest styles would be on display. "The audience is bound to see some fresh faces as well as some of the top models in the country," she says of the models.
On the outfits themselves, Geraldine says, all credit should be given to the designers. "Also, there'll be the trendiest smart casual evening wear," she explains.

This is not all you will see either. Past pupils of HFC, Natasha and Monique will be guest performers at the show. Other performances include those by Shanika Wanigasekera and a dance item by El Latino. There will also be plenty of stalls, including stalls by the designers themselves.

The funds collected will be mostly in aid of the planned retirement home project and the upgrading of the science laboratories in the school, says Swarnamalie Fernando, president of the PPA. In addition, funds will also go towards establishing an archive within the school, a venture that was decided at the Annual General Meeting of the PPA.

For years the past pupils of Holy Family Convent have helped raise funds for various development projects in the school. "This year the PPA is celebrating 75 years," says Swarnamalie Fernando, president of the PPA, adding that the fashion show is somewhat different to the usual fundraisers such as dramas, musical shows and concerts.

"We wanted a change. We wanted to do something different and we believe that something like a fashion show would be more attractive," she explains. Some of the past fundraisers organised by the PPA include Indu Dharmasena's Sky's the Limit and Celebrating Wales, a performance by Soul Sounds led by Soundari David and featuring past Familians.

Fashion in Vogue will be held at the Cinnamon Grand Oak Room on Sunday October 5, from 6pm onwards. Tickets, priced at Rs. 2000/- are available at the school primary office, Rebel outlets at Crescat and Majestic City, Janet Salons at Ward Place and Mount Lavinia and at Mocher Salon in Nawala.

The main sponsor for the event is Akra Bakers Pvt Ltd. Co-sponsors for the event are Sureslim, Lalitha Jewellery Mart, C. I. C. Seeds Pvt Ltd, Sona Mandhir Designer Collection, Spectrel Joinary Pvt Ltd and Expo Property Developers Pvt Ltd., while TNL Radio Network is the exclusive radio partner, and Derena, the TV sponsor. The Sunday Times is the media sponsor for the event.

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