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HSBC Colombo Fashion Week Resort, in its fourth edition, aims to push resort-wear forward as a high growth category in the region whilst enabling more Sri Lankan designers to tap into the growing demand for resort and destination wear. CFW Resort 2016 will take place in Galle, with the iconic Galle Fort serving as the centre for a series of fashion-themed activities, which commenced on September 27 scheduled until October 4.

CFW Resort 2016 will kick-off its programme on Day 1 (1st October) at Jetwing Lighthouse, where ten emerging designers will present their collections. Twelve Sri Lankan designers and five international designers will showcase their latest resortwear collections over Day 2 and Day 3 (2nd and 3rd October) on a runway with a unique setting, at the Galle Fort. The line-up of leading Sri Lankan designers who will showcase collections at CFW Resort 2016 include; Ramona Oshini, INDI by Indeevari Yapa Abeywardena, CHARINI, Yasisurie, U  by Upeksha Hager, Conscience, G by Gihan Ediriweera, The Old Railway, KOCA, Hameedia, Arial, KASUN and Stefel by Peronie. Amongst the international designers who will show at CFW Resort 2016 are; Harare (USA), Lars Andersson (USA), Jason and Anshu (India) and Dan Single (Australia).

This season, CFW also presents Fashion+Food GALLE fort, with culinary partners in the fort presenting special all-day, dessert and beverages menus from 27 September to 4 October 2015. CFW also introduces for the first time, CFW Frame, which will present two exhibitions – Cityscapes and Forts by Branka Ridiki and Black and White Portraits by Dominic Sansoni, on 2 and 3 October 2015 at Villa Landesi . Also debuting this season is CFW Retail Walk, where select stores within the fort will offer visitors an enthralling shopping experience during the week of the shows. CFW Knowledge Workshops presents ‘Phantasmagoria’, a workshop on fashion photography conducted by celebrity photographer, Jatin Kampani, on 2 October 2015 at 11.00 a.m., at the Galle Room, Jetwing Lighthouse. CFW After Parties presents ‘Decked Out’, a resort-chic themed after-party that will close the season with a bang.

Hosted by Jetwing Hotels, CFW Resort 2016 will take over the beautiful and historic city of Galle this season, with the world-famous Galle Fort serving as the focal point of all the CFW activities during the week of the shows.

“With resortwear as one of our formal seasons, we are ahead of the curve in creating a place in the region for this unique season and opening commercial opportunities for Sri Lankan designers. Once again, we are showcasing Galle Fort as an important tourist destination. At CFW, we look to continuously innovating in order to make a global impact for Sri Lankan fashion. In the run-up to CFW Resort 2016, preparations are well under way and we are covering a lot of ground,” says Ajai V. Singh, President of CFW.

CFW Resort was introduced into the CFW calendar in 2012, and has since driven an increasing number of Sri Lankan designers to venture into the creation of resort-wear collections each year.

CFW Resort is also enriched by its partnerships with Land Rover, Unilever (Vaseline), Vision Care, Wineworld, OLU Tropical Water, Hameedia, Ramani Fernando Salons and Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide – who share and extend their support towards the vision and aspirations of CFW.

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