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Indi Yapa unveils ‘Serenity’

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Indi Yapa Abeywardena unveils Spring and Summer 2024 Collection

By Zanita Careem

Renowned couturier and entrepreneur, Indi Yapa Abeywardena captivated audiences with the unveiling of the ‘Serenity by Indi’ Spring and Summer 2024 collection. The event took place recently at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo and was presented by Christell Luxury Wellness.

This marked the second iteration of the show and the decision made last year by lead designer Indi Yapa Abeywardena to break away from tradition by opting for an independent showcase has proven to be a stroke of genius.

‘Serenity by Indi’ was a testament to Indi’s artistic prowess, drawing inspiration from a state of calmness and tranquility The collection showcased an array of exquisite fabrics, fusion silhouettes, and meticulous hand-embellishments. Each silhouttes resonated with calm vibes and inspirations from Indi’s journey; motherhood, cherished memories, and the empowerment of women. The runway portrayed the chapters of Indi’s life with a narrative of serenity and bliss.

With over a decade of experience in the fashion industry, Indi has become a symbol of style and innovation, earning accolades for her pioneering contributions. The ‘Serenity by Indi’ showcase featured a harmonious fusion of artistry and modern craftsmanship, spotlighting intricate weaves, hand-embellishments, and fusion silhouettes that defined a new standard of elegance.

The colour palette characterised by lively and summerish tones, ranged from apricot summer symphonies with golden glimmers to ink blue, lavender shades, warmer beige, and a touch of black. Indi’s meticulous attention to detail, coupled with the use of dramatic drapes, luxurious textures, and exaggerated trains, revitalised classic silhouettes into contemporary masterpieces, leaving a lasting impression on the runway.

Special segments included the signature Indi bridal showcase presented by Chirstell Luxury Wellness and the Pure Gold by Tiesh segment featuring the latest jewellery collection, adding diversity and allure to the event. Leena Hari’s Studio and their team executed an excellent job with the model’s hair and makeup.

The event also witnessed the expertise of Indian International Show Director and Fashion Choreographer Sham Khan, alongside backstage manager Masoom, who came exclusively to Sri Lanka to orchestrate the show. The grand finale featured Indian supermodel Archana Akil Kumar, adding an extra layer of glamour and sophistication to ‘Serenity by Indi.’

In bringing together a fashion show of such grandeur, House of Indi and its dedicated team showcased commendable commitment and skill. The successful collaboration reaffirmed Indi Yapa Abeywardena’s position as a trailblazer in the world of fashion, leaving an indelible mark on the ‘Serenity by Indi’ Spring and Summer 2024 runway.

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Homemade…to beat the heat

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With lots of holidays cropping up, we are going to be on the move. Ok, that’s fine, but what about the scorching heat! With temperatures soaring sky high, skin issues are bound to surface.

Well, here are some beauty tips that will give your skin some relief:

Aloe Vera: Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the skin. It helps to soothe and heal sunburn. Aloe vera contains zinc, which is actually anti-inflammatory.

Papaya: Papaya pulp can be applied on the skin like a mask, washing it off after 20 minutes. Papaya contains enzymes and helps to remove dead skin cells. Add curd or lemon juice to the pulp to remove tan. Fruits like banana, apple, papaya and orange can be mixed together and applied on the face. Keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Papaya helps to cleanse dead skin cells. Banana tightens the skin. Apple contains pectin and also tones the skin. Orange is rich in Vitamin C. It restores the normal acid-alkaline balance.

 Lemon Juice: Lemon is a wonderful home remedy for sun tan because of its bleaching properties. You can apply lemon juice by mixing it with honey on the tanned skin and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off .

Coconut Water and Sandalwood Pack: Sandalwood has great cleansing properties, whereas, coconut water is widely known for a glowing skin. Mix coconut water with one tablespoon of sandalwood powder to make a thick mixture and apply it all over the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. This is a perfect cure for tanned skin.

Cucumber, Rose Water and Lemon Juice:The cucumber juice and rose water work as a cooling means for soothing the brown and red-spotted skin. To use these effectively, take one tablespoon of cucumber juice, lemon juice, and rose water and stir it well in a bowl. Use this solution on all over the face and wash it off with cold water after 10 minutes. This helps to turn your skin hale and healthy.

Milk Masks: Yes, milk masks do give glowing effect to tired skin. Just apply milk mixed with glycerin all over the face. Relax for 15 minutes and rinse with water. The treatment softens, rejuvenates and restores a natural PH balance, thus protecting the skin from the negative effects of the sun. You can also take half cup of milk and add a pinch of turmeric in it. Apply the mixture on your face and wait till it gets dry. Use this solution on a daily basis for exceptional results.

(Yes, time to take care of your skin and beat the heat!)

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Deeply Passionate about modelling and the fashion industry

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01. Tell me something about yourself:

Hey there! I’m a 30-year-old guy, deeply passionate about modelling and the fashion industry. Every day is an exciting adventure as I get to work with incredible designers, photographers, and stylists to bring their visions to life. My job takes me to various locations, from bustling cities to serene landscapes, for photo shoots and runway shows. I love the creativity and versatility this career offers, allowing me to express myself through different styles and concepts. It’s a fast-paced world, but I thrive on the energy and challenges it brings.

02. What made you decide to be a model?

I decided to become a model because I have a deep passion for fashion, creativity, and self-expression. The opportunity to collaborate with talented individuals in the industry, such as designers, photographers, and stylists, was a major driving force. Overall, modelling allows me to showcase my unique personality and style while pursuing a career that fuels my passion for creativity and expression.

03. What do you think sets you apart from other models?

A combination of factors; Passion and Dedication: I have a deep passion for modelling and the fashion industry, which is evident in my commitment to my craft and continuous pursuit of excellence. Versatility: I thrive on the diversity of styles and concepts in modelling, showcasing my ability to adapt and excel in various fashion trends and themes. Adventurous Nature: The willingness to travel to different locations for assignments and embrace new challenges shows my adventurous spirit and openness to new experiences. Creative Expression: My work reflects a unique blend of creativity, personality, and style, setting me apart and making my presence memorable in the competitive world of modelling. And, working seamlessly with designers, photographers, and stylists demonstrates my strong collaborative skills and professionalism, making me a valuable asset on any project.

04. What clothing do you prefer to model?

The cloths I prefer to model are outfits that have style, class and sophistication.

05. What do you think is the most important aspect of modeling?

The most important aspects of modelling are professionalism, versatility, confidence, health, and networking. These elements collectively contribute to a successful and fulfilling career in the industry.

06. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

The ability to not take things too serious.

07. School?

I schooled at St Peter’s College Colombo, and during my schooling years I took part in many sports, including swimming, rugby, and table tennis. Also, I was a scout and part of the stamp club at the time.

08. Happiest moment?

My happiest moment is when I get to travel to new place and experience new cultures, flavours, and making unforgettable memories.

09. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Unique blend of creativity, personality and style

Believing in perfect happiness is why I value love, meaningful connections, and personal fulfillment. I find joy in relationships, pursuing meaningful goals, and appreciate the little moments in life. Balancing work and personal well-being is important to me, leading to a sense of contentment and inner peace.

10. Your ideal girl?

My ideal girl would likely be someone who shares similar values and priorities as me. I would be attracted to a woman who values love, meaningful connections, and personal fulfillment. She would appreciate the importance of nurturing loving relationships and finding joy in shared experiences with me. She would also be driven by meaningful goals and passions, complementing my own aspirations and supporting me in achieving them. Balancing life with personal well-being should be important to her, and she should value a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Overall, my ideal girl would be someone who brings joy, love, and mutual growth to my life.

11. Which living person do you most admire?

I currently have no one that I admire.

12. Which is your most treasured possession?

My silver Cross.

13. If you were marooned on a desert island, who would you like as your companion?

Maybe my future wife…that’s if I ever find her!

14. Your most embarrassing moment?

Not one but many and I don’t think you would have the space to mention all.

15. Done anything daring?

I love doing daring things like…yes, swimming with sharks, diving, cliff jumping and so much more; anything that would get my heart racing.

16. Your ideal vacation?

My ideal vacation would be travelling through the Swiss Mountain, in the train, and taking in the scenic beauty, that the country has to offer, while sipping on some hot Swiss chocolate.

17. What kind of music are you into?

I enjoy instrumental and country music…where the music speaks to me.

18. Favourite radio station:

I enjoy listening to Sun FM, especially on Sundays, where they play slow-flow music all day long.

19. Favourite TV station:

No time for TV.

20. Any major plans for the future?

In the future, I envision a life filled with personal growth, meaningful experiences, and cherished relationships. I aspire to excel in my career or passion, finding fulfillment in my work, while also enjoying moments of adventure and exploration. Building strong connections with loved ones and creating lasting memories together are priorities for myself. I look forward to discovering new passions, travelling to new places, and embracing opportunities for learning and self-discovery. Overall, my future plans are centred around leading a balanced, fulfilling life, enriched by meaningful experiences and meaningful relationships.

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Swedish fashion brand Frank Dandy on its move from China to Sri Lanka

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Daniel Hörnqvist

Since 2017, Daniel Hörnqvist has been the CEO of the Swedish fashion brand Frank Dandy. When he took over, he brought with him extensive experience from e-commerce and the outdoor market. This included responsibility for the launch of the e-commerce brand Bikester in the Nordic region in 2013. In 2015 he took on a position as board member at Frank Dandy before moving on to an executive role. One of the most important decisions in recent years for Frank Dandy has been to move manufacturing to Sri Lanka.

Here, Hornqvist answers three questions about his company moving production from China to Sri Lanka.

What is Frank Dandy’s market position?

We address a clearly defined target group between 20 and 30 years of age outside the metropolitan areas. The target group has a desire to achieve high personal goals and we provide secret superpowers to enable that. This promise permeates all our communication, not at least the visual. We are mainly present in the Nordic region and work with the same brand position in all geographical markets. A solid sustainability practice is also extremely important to us, especially from an employer brand perspective. Frank Dandy is affiliated with the initiative Better cotton and we only use recycled polyester in our swimwear. I would also like to mention our ownership program for our employees.

Why did you move manufacturing to Sri Lanka?

The decision to move manufacturing from China was made with the experience of the pandemic and in light of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. We needed to increase our geopolitical preparedness. I had met lot of positive mentioning about manufacturing in Sri Lanka and as well had my own personal experience from a surf trip a few years earlier.

Since the move to Sri Lanka, our experience has been consistently positive. The Sri Lankan manufacturing industry is technically advanced, and we can follow the manufacturing of our products in real time from Sweden. The Sri Lankan manufacturing industry’s sustainability ambitions are high, both in terms of renewable electricity use and in the development of sustainable wastewater systems from production. The country is buzzing with growth and the high level of education is evident in everything.

What has the membership of the Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council meant?

The membership was an incredible door opener when we were in the process of evaluating whether to move manufacturing to Sri Lanka. It helped us build relationships that I don’t think would have been possible otherwise. To spread our risks, we moved our manufacturing gradually and without the support of the SSLBC it would have been much more complicated.

What is Frank Dandy’s market position?

We address a clearly defined target group between 20 and 30 years of age outside the metropolitan areas. The target group has a desire to achieve high personal goals and we provide secret superpowers to enable that. This promise permeates all our communication, not at least the visual. We are mainly present in the Nordic region and work with the same brand position in all geographical markets. A solid sustainability practice is also extremely important to us, especially from an employer brand perspective. Frank Dandy is affiliated with the initiative Better cotton and we only use recycled polyester in our swimwear. I would also like to mention our ownership program for our employees.

Why did you move manufacturing to Sri Lanka?

The decision to move manufacturing from China was made with the experience of the pandemic and in light of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. We needed to increase our geopolitical preparedness. I had met lot of positive mentioning about manufacturing in Sri Lanka and as well had my own personal experience from a surf trip a few years earlier. Since the move to Sri Lanka, our experience has been consistently positive. The Sri Lankan manufacturing industry is technically advanced, and we can follow the manufacturing of our products in real time from Sweden. The Sri Lankan manufacturing industry’s sustainability ambitions are high, both in terms of renewable electricity use and in the development of sustainable wastewater systems from production. The country is buzzing with growth and the high level of education is evident in everything.

What has the membership of the Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council meant?

The membership was an incredible door opener when we were in the process of evaluating whether to move manufacturing to Sri Lanka. It helped us build relationships that I don’t think would have been possible otherwise. To spread our risks, we moved our manufacturing gradually and without the support of the SSLBC it would have been much more complicated.

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