Amid high expectations, dazzling talent and grandeur glamour, the 2016 edition of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week (CFW), will be showcased from 20 to 26 February 2016. Unveiling fashion trends for season 2017, in its 13th year, CFW has grown progressively in aspiring towards its goal of uplifting the Sri Lankan fashion industry, while proving to be an incubator of emerging talent that is rapidly gaining currency in the country’s retail sector.
Fashion aficionados and industry professionals will be treated to a series of focused fashion events along with the main show which will highlight all aspects of the fashion industry and strengthen CFW’s reputation as a key driver of the fashion industry in Sri Lanka. The platform will present Sri Lankan and international designers who will storm the catwalk in 2016 and reveal the trends for the season.
CFW distinguishes itself as a development project led by the vision to take the fashion design industry of Sri Lanka to a new level using a multi-pronged approach, which includes interaction with international designers and exposure in international markets and international media development projects for designers. CFW has focused development project to guide, mentor and lead both emerging and established designers. Since 2014 CFW has extended or given itself objectives to develop the fashion retail infrastructure to cultivate and grow the fashion retail industry in Sri Lanka. By staying true to its vision, CFW has become the backbone of the Sri Lankan fashion industry and one that is supporting and leading Sri Lankan designers to international platforms.
Speaking of this season, President and Founder of CFW Ajai Vir Singh stated: “I am delighted with the 2017 season of CFW. The modest beginnings we made 13 years ago has now blossomed into something significant. I am so excited, encouraged and inspired when I see the increasing number of young designers who come forward every year with a dream to start their career in fashion using CFW as their platform. I am grateful to our partners for recognizing the authenticity and commitment of CFW to engendering a self-sustainable infrastructure for fashion designers in Sri Lanka. CFW remains singular in its approach and innovative in its strategy in meeting its objectives and vision.”
The international design segment will be headlined star designers, namely Milan Fashion Week’s, Gaetano Navarra, Delhi-based Samant Chauhan, Sri Lankan-born Mevan Kaluarachi, and the renowned and long-standing supporter of CFW, Bibi Russel, who rose to stardom in the late 70s and early 80s.
“As the title sponsor of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week for nine consecutive years, we are delighted to have witnessed the remarkable evolution of CFW. We see HSBC CFW as a platform that creates market and growth opportunities for a host of talented individuals and some unique businesses, while establishing networking corridors, connecting them to the thriving international fashion and textile industry. We are also delighted to offer HSBC Premier Customers the opportunity to experience the world of high fashion with this exclusive show,” said Patrick Gallagher, CEO of HSBC Sri Lanka and the Maldives.