Swim Week Colombo 2017, presented by OLU Tropical Water, showcased the latest swimwear collections of eleven progressive Sri Lankan designers. A technical collaboration with Linea Aqua, Swim Week Colombo is the foremost platform for swimwear designers in Sri Lanka as well as the region. Runway shows at Swim Week Colombo 2017 took place on June 24 and 25 at the newly-opened ECT Terminal of the Colombo Port. The collections were brought to life by
20 international models.

This season, Swim Week Colombo sees the return of several established Sri Lankan designers who showed at the platform’s inaugural edition last year. In its latest collection, Charini introduced a line of body contouring swimwear with sporty and feminine detailing. Buddhi Batiks stayed true to their signature batik aesthetic, while Arugam Bay in their newest collection celebrated the iconic Breton stripes.

Meraki, on its return, took on the monochrome through elegant and clean-cut designs. C. H. A. R. L. E. N. E. presented its ‘Birds Collection’, which combines graphics featuring birds with geo shapes against a simple colour palette. In its latest swimwear collection, U by Upeksha Hager embraced an understated palette coupled with a somewhat austere silhouette.

Rum Punch, in their collection OFFBEAT POP 16/17 sported pop art prints and mesh fabric, fused swimwear with pop culture, while amanté presented a collection designed with the silhouette of the South Asian woman in mind. Swim Week Colombo 2017 saw MAUS debut a swimwear collection, keeping to the brand’s ethos of minimalism. Rachel Raj’s first swimwear collection, ‘The Riviera’, exuded the luxury and sensuality associated with the brand.

heidiklein, founded by Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein in the United Kingdom, showcased its High Summer 2016 collection, which featured a chic selection of prints, crochet and classics. This year saw the return of renowned Indian designers Shivan and Narresh, who were included in the Forbes magazine’s ’30 Under 30’ list in 2012. They showcased the DIEGO collection, an intelligent interpretation of the art of Diego Rivera, one of the most prominent Mexican artists of the 20th Century.

Los Angeles-based swimwear label, Hot-As-Hell, embodied an enduring, ethical lifestyle through its unstructured swimwear that is designed to be easy-going and stylish. Aviva by Prasad Bidapa debuted at Swim Week Colombo 2017, with a collection that featured a classic houndstooth print in one segment, and a period Victorian chintz print in the second segment.
(Pics by Musthaq Thasleem and Sassanda Liyanarachchi)

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