A party of parties

By Nedra Wickremesinghe

To celebrate the season, General Manager of Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo, Neroy Marso, hosted the party of parties this time at their newest venue, by the Beira Lake, that is poised to be the hottest spot for future celebrations.

Surrounded by the lake on one side and magnificent icy water cascades forming the backdrop for marquee and food stations, the guests were in for a treat. It was nothing less than a banquet and it varied from delicacies such as escargot, oysters, mussels, to baby lobster thermidor, and a room filled with cold canapés, cold cuts, fresh salmon served with rich champagne sauce, platters of sashimi, sushi and nigiris.

The adjoining room had the carvery serving imported turkey, gammon, roast pork and roast lamb fresh from the oven, and finally the banquet ended with desserts and the most colourful display of fruit.

The most exceptional was the ceiling-to-floor multi-tiered fruit basket spilling over with every imaginable fruit flown from all parts of the world. Drinks were aplenty, and there were mini bars studded all over, but what was most unique was the floating bar (a boat) on the lake with barmen serving drinks dressed in sailor-suits.

To complete this extravagant but tastefully done event Salha and her band Bosady were flown down from Dubai especially for the event. Nothing was spared to see that the invitees had a most memorable evening!

Glamour of glitter

It was a glittering presentation when the National Gem and Jewellery Authority held a fashion show where the spotlight shone on the country's gems and jewellery at last weekend's 'Jewels Sri Lanka', industry trade show at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre of the BMICH. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was the chief guest at the event.

It’s circus time at Dilly’s this Christmas

So how is Dilly's celebrating the season? This year it's a colourful ode to the Circus. Walk into the Dilly's Distinct flagship store and you will see figures hanging from suspended swings, sequin covered hoops, and glittering stars, all encouraging shoppers to embrace their younger, playful self this Christmas.

'Aerial Silk' their new collection takes its name from the majestic aerial acrobatic displays where artists use fabrics to wrap, suspend, fall, swing and spiral their bodies into and out of various arrangements, relying on their training and skill only. This latest collection looks to embody grace, fluidity and elegance.

A collection of classic cocktail dresses will be available at the store intermittently throughout December and a Workwear collection has also been launched.

The creative force behind the label Dilani Wijeysekera adds that they encourage everyone from their production and stores teams to their designers and accountants, to come together and experience the excitement which comes with sharing knowledge, ideas and interests. "It is this enjoyment we wish to convey to our customers through our shops and collections," says Dilani.

The 'story behind the brand' has always been an important element for the clothing label. "It's that feeling you get when you wear the garment; its special, it's unique and it's an experience" adds Hayley Evans, General Manager of Dilly's.

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