Divas dare to be different

By Nedra Wickremesinghe

They sashayed, swayed , and sauntered on the catwalk, the ‘Divas’ as they have come to be known- models of yesteryear in all shapes and sizes quite oblivious to the glare and scrutiny they were getting, for their ‘decent exposure’ was all for a worthy cause at the Cinnamon Grand last week.

The explosive retro music set the stage for an evening of frolic, seduction and allure. These moods came to life with the different segments presented by the featured designers. Chryshanthi Fernandopulle unveiled her new-look batik saris that drew much admiration from the crowd, as each piece was distinctly different in colour and design.

The Tropical Paradise range by Ani & Anu consisted mainly of resort wear in cotton floral prints with a Hawaiian touch. Award-winning designer Gihan Ediriweera’s smart casual collection for comfort was made from pure cottons. Somewhat classic in its style, the long and flowing dresses are ideal to be worn outdoors.

Next came Mogul Splendour by vintage designer Mano Cadiramanpulle who presented exotic hand-crafted designs. Eric Sooriyasena well-known for his batiks overseas, unveiled his elegant silk batik saris with striking floral motifs. Yoland Aluwihare while enjoying the catwalk, saw that she secured her place as the Queen of Divas with grace and style.

Lou Ching Wong Studio presented this show in aid of the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation, and a great time was had by all with a fitting finale by Koluu launching into Bollywood moves with Danu.

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