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Indi Yapa unveils ‘Serenity’



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.

Pix by Thushara Athapattu

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For modern day power woman



The traditional soft and sensual label Anaya aesthetic was transformed into a sophisticated, strong, bold and powerful fashion reflecting the modern day power women.

Paying homage to the postwar era of the 1950’s glamour and drawing inspiration from the fashion muses by the likes of Dovima, Audrey Hepburn and the works of Richard Avedon with his strong black and white contrast of austere sophistication. Our mood is not only visual yet musical with retro music inspired by Frankie Valli and the flamingos taking us all back to romanticism and pure pleasure of the times when everything was slow and dreamy.

The brand broke boundaries of its traditional soft pastel aesthetic to a monochromatic palette with all blacks, shades of off-white ,nudes, botanical greens, and clashing reds. The Fall wardrobe was revitalised with uniquely constructed silhouettes, handmade three-dimensional botanical motifs, beading, figure hugging corsets and delicate embroidered laces and sparkling sequins. The collection with its uniquely deconstructed fabric manipulations with micro velvet, shiny satin, silk taffeta, mecado, and laces with a modern twist of liquid organza, sequins and double-sided silk satins made a fashion statement.

Chathuri, the creative director’s vision for this collection was the transformation of the modern-day women to a powerhouse of strength and independence, fusing the signature Anaya silhouettes with strong elements of high pressure corsets, over exaggerated sleeves and elongated capes and 3D draping.

“This collection was was inspired by the 1950s, the time when the darkest nights were passed with a touch of hope for a beautiful future of women transitioning from a more submissive role to powerful role being able to express themselves through Fashion”.

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Cherish moments with “Aluxe”



Sherin, Azeena with her son Rasha suhaib

First year anniversary celebrations

Renowned designer Azeena Sulaiman has navigated the ever-evolving fashion landscape with grace and vision. She celebrated one year anniversary of her clothing boutique namely “Aluxe ” at Flower road recently. A cocktail soiree was held, invitee lists included celebrities, fashionistas and many others in the fashion and beauty world. Aluxe’ her fashion boutique is a testament to the luxury refinement that the label stands for. From casual wear to venturing into luxury, Azeena has proven herself to be a visionary designer. Her clientale includes who’s who in the fashion and corporate world.

To mark her first anniversary she o held a fashion show showcasing her latest collection. Choroegraphed by Chula Padmendra, Aluxe is a designer collection woven together with cherished moments. Her designs were contemporary, elegant and stylish.

‘While I cherish my journey of one year celebrations, I am also excited to see what lies ahead in the years to come” said Azeena.

Some of her ensembles on display exuded femininity and poise. Her emphasis was more on wearability. She also showcased unique and stylish evening wear ensembles, that reasonates globally, while preserving Sri Lankan authenticity.

She said “From the exhilaration of my first fashion boutique, there had been numerous pivotal moments, and each experience and each day has served as a guiding light, shaping my path in the dynamic world of fashion.”

The constant influx of new ideas and opportunities excites me and propels me forward, its the driving force within me that keeps me motivated and fuels my passion for creativity Aluxe is an affordable designer brand focussed on making the Aluxe customer feel confident and express a unique personality.

What makes your brand so special?

I focus on quality and finding unique fabrics to stand out from other brands. It is a unique expression of style.

The reasons behind your success?

Success is always a work in progress I am committed to my hard work and perseverance. I have endured as well as evolved with my aesthetic, design vision and philosophy.

Priyanthi, Shashikala Rosy


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Indian model Poonam Pandey fakes cervical cancer death, triggering a row




[File pic] Poonam Pandey poses for a photo during the India Resort Wear Fashion Week in Mumbai (Aljazeera)

An Indian model has sparked an online backlash after revealing she had faked her death in an Instagram post as part of a cervical cancer awareness campaign.

Poonam Pandey “bravely fought the disease” and died, according to a statement published on her social media on Friday, but the fake announcement was soon met with online criticism that included accusations it was a “deceptive stunt”.

A flurry of obituaries from media outlets followed the original announcement and her Wikipedia page was also updated to reflect her apparent death, while Bollywood stars posted mournful tributes.

But others had expressed scepticism after noticing that footage of Pandey on board a boat in Goa, apparently in good health, had been posted to her account four days before the announcement.

On Saturday, the 32-year-old conceded to her 1.3 million followers in another video posted on Instagram that her death had been a hoax. “Yes, I faked my demise, extreme I know. But suddenly we all are talking about cervical cancer, aren’t we?” Pandey said. “I am proud of what my death news has been able to achieve.”

However, many lambasted Pandey for what one commenter described as her “attention-seeking behaviour”.  Another wrote: “Engaging in a deceptive stunt, like faking one’s death, under the guise of ‘raising awareness’ … is not only unethical but also manipulative.  “Honestly shame on you for this stunt. Next time no one will take your real death seriously!” they said.

Pandey began her modelling career in 2010 and has garnered a reputation for outlandish stunts and risque behaviour.  She pledged to strip for the Indian cricket team if they won the 2011 Cricket World Cup at home, later posting a video online of her shedding her clothes at Wankhede Stadium where the tournament’s final was held.

Pandey parleyed her fame into several acting credits in Bollywood including the 2013 erotic thriller Nasha, in which she played a teacher who begins a sexual relationship with two high school students.

India accounts for nearly one-quarter of the world’s cervical cancer cases, according to the World Health Organization, with more than 200 women losing their lives every day to the disease.

Health campaigners have urged the government to roll out a national HPV vaccination campaign for young girls, which in other countries has drastically cut the incidence of cervical cancer.

In her Instagram post on Saturday, Pandey shared a brief clip showing a speech by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the government’s support for cervical cancer vaccination in the 2024 budget.



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