A show of bold flair

Model and Designer of the Year 20Eleven- The grand finale

It was a crowning moment for two young designers and two young models- Nimal Abeysiriwardena who won the title of Best Female Couture Designer and Prasanga Perera who won the Best Male Couture Designer Award whose designs were a stand-out while dazzling on the ramp with their poise and confidence were Rasangika Madushani adjudged the Best Female Model and Wazeem Mohamed the Best Male Model.

Under the guidance of veteran designer and stylist Lou Ching Wong, many aspiring youngsters some hailing from the outstations were put through their paces preparing for the Model and Designer of the Year 20Eleven. The show had its grand finale on November 17 at the Galadari.

The rather lengthy show had many segments with resort wear, evening wear and futuristic wear being presented by each of the contestants giving the two panels of judges a tough choice.

Shanika Marasinghe was the first runner-up in the Female Couture Designer section with Dilum Sachindra the second runner-up; Kavinda was first runner-up in the Male Couture and Veneka Wickramarachi the second runner-up. In the modelling category, the first runner-up award went to Mithila Abeysekera while Harsha Lakmal was second runner-up. The first runner-up for the Best Female Model was Chameera Atapattu and Jayamalee Wijesuriya was adjudged second runner-up.

Fresh young talent on the ramp

Up & Coming Designer of the Year

In a week inundated with fashion and design shows, Zainab Amarrah succeeded in presenting fresh young talent and a creative vibe on the ramp at Water's Edge. Her Up & Coming Designer of the Year contest was centred on providing a platform for young designers and many collections clearly revealed the potential that is emerging in this competitive field.

In the end it was Ayodhya Ratnayake who claimed the title of Sri Lanka's Up and Coming Designer of the Year while also picking up the award for Best Sports Wear and Best Bridal Wear.

Nilushi de Costa who won the award for Best Party/Cocktail wear was adjudged first runner-up and Ama Tharindri the second runner-up. The Best Summer/ Resort wear award went to Monisha Siemmerman and the Erbenizer Fan Favourite award to Senurika de Silva.

Presenting her own collections at the show as well, Zainab unveiled the ‘Viaa' label which bespoke of strong Sri Lankan influence. Our photographer captured some of the fashions on and off the stage.

Seen at the Chaaya Tranz hotel soft opening

Guests were invited to see the new Chaaya Tranz hotel as the John Keells property in Hikkaduwa held its soft opening last week. The hotel which has undergone a major makeover from its previous incarnation as Coral Gardens Hotel is now a trendy 150 room resort with a speciality crab restaurant, Mediterranean restaurant, cigar and wine bar as well as a roof top spa.

Audi-A6 roars into Lanka

By Nedra Wickremasinghe

The Grand Ballroom of the Hilton was bustling last Thursday when Senok Automobiles, the sole agents for Audi in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, launched the 'All New Audi 6'. Both the foyer and the ballroom were packed to capacity with invitees who were clearly enjoying the party. But, in spite of the noise, it was the two sleek cars that took centre stage, displayed on a ramp right in the middle of the ballroom. Voice Print provided some lovely soulful music for the evening.

Ramona’s trendy feminine look

Ramona Oshini Jayawardena who launched her collection, Ramona Oshini at the Colombo Fashion Week in 2010 unveiled her Fall Collection last week at the Melache designer store at 29/3 Visakha Private Road, Colombo 4 last week.

The Ramona Oshini Brand aims to show that clothes can actually do something beyond just looking good, they can give women an attitude where they feel confident and elegant at the same time.
Ramona's new collection was built around feminine prints in the season's trend of jewel-bright colours, from brilliant white to sapphire pink and emerald green, not forgetting, that staple in the wardrobe- the little black dress. The designer stresses the use of luxurious fabrics such as crepe silks, light chiffons and raw silks.

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