A Fantasy of the Exotic
‘Colours of the Indus’ was a collection of fashions from Pakistan designed by Shyainne presented by The Cinnamon Grand Hotel in the Oakroom, was indeed among the best of shows held in Colombo in recent times. It was rather strange that many of the fashion conscious and many of those whose business is choreography and presentation was conspicuous by their absence. A narrator in varied garb added a new dimension to the presentation. Of course, the collection too brought the ingenuity and flair for style, the designer obviously has in abundance.
The show opened on a somewhat subdued note, with stylised trouser suits, in soft pastels and white. The layered pants of chiffon over silk, was on a flare was shaded from a pale colour to white. The tops were in the colour worked in panels of embroidery and sprinkled with subtle glitter. The long stoles had broad fringes in glittering silver beads. The music changed to ‘Where do I begin’ which brought on a bevy of girls in aquamarine, worked in silver motifs and the stoles also fringed in beads. This lead to a collection in grey and silver which were in a dazzling fabric, combined with shawls trimmed with antique lace combined with plum. Cotton gagras were among the styles that included slim skirts, slimmer trousers in olive green dotted in black combined with a rust brocade.
The sarees were a dazzle of sequins, the best among them a half and half saree in deep coral and black, the black bordered in two bands of sequins, the top in black, and the bottom in copper. The pallu in black net was worked in rings of the sequins with a central floral motif in relief. Shyainne revels in the bold contrast of colours, such as mottai pink and orange. Two piece outfits followed consisting of long skirts teamed with tops in a cerise and mauve print. The salwars were in deep tones of plum and wine worn with draped dhoti style pants. Variations on the salwar followed, in white emerald green, and turquoise. The pants were calf length and fitted with slits on either side embroidered in thread. There were black and white duppattas mixed with prussian blue, and in black and white tie and dye. Black ponchos with a variety of styles in the sleeves, were embroidered at the necklines in enamel blue and silver sequins and thread, and then came the gagras for bridal wear heavily embroidered and in sharp contrasts of colours, which of course would not be of much use to the Sri Lankan brides. There was a swirl and swish of colour and design in a collection of shawls which was the highlight of one segment. All this was not to deter our style conscious women who were there. Sarees were the popular choice in this graceful costume our women look at their best in. Black with unfailing chic combined in the saree Shafinaaz Mackie wore. Her black saree had a broad central panel in white strikingly striped and patterned in large black dots, she wore with a black blouse printed in small white dots. A choker necklace in black mesh made her smart ornament. Sunila de Zoysa wore a saree from the designers collection. The saree was in a shadow patterned ivory white with only the pallu from the shoulder downwards in a elaborate design in several colours, with a predominance of vivid turquoise. Her blouse was in purple, and she wore a diamond pendent and pendulum earrings. The Satya Paul saree that Nela de Zoysa wore was in swirls of colour which ranged from turquoise, to deep blue, yellow and white, she wore with a blue blouse and a long rope of pearls and drop earrings. The black saree Iromie Wijewardene wore was given drama with sweeping panels of a leopard skin print, set a glitter with jet sequins. Siccille Kotalawela’s sugar beige saree was embroidered in an all over design in luminous thread in the same colour, she wore with an unique necklace and eardrops of venetian glass. Three gold sequin borders streaked across the fall of Harshini Nadesan’s saree, she wore with a cold shouldered blouse and gold jewellery. A kurta style top in a lovely shade of oyster pink worked in muted silver sequins Sriyani Samarasinghe wore with more beigy toned pants, and shoulder length earrings. A trouser suit in white, which had a sleeveless top, Tylene Nagendra wore with a choker necklace of pearls, Black was the choice both of Linda the hairdresser of repute, and of Ranee Rajapakse to wear with diamonds. Champa Mohinani had her black long top patterned in exotic red and yellow to wear with black pants. As always making a definite statement of fashion Yolanda Aluvihare wore a bolero style jacket in a gossamer shot gold fabric embroidered in burnished gold over a top and trousers in shot satin. A butterfly made her antique looking pendent. The Pakistani designer Shyainne had her sleeveless white kameez teamed with a dupatta in white with the either end fused with turquoise, she wore with a many strand necklace of turquoise beads and white flowers in her hair.
Champagne and gold
The tastefully decorated house that Methsili and Ishramali Herat Gunarante live in was the venue for daughter Natasha’s engagement ceremony and celebration when she was officially engaged to Senaka Weerasuriya, the son of Wickrema and Rohini Weerasuriya. Friends and relations gathered to savour of the speciality Sri Lankan sweetmeats, which was an added attraction to the festivities of the evening. A youthful and pretty picture of elegance was portrayed by Natasha, in a honey gold saree of net worked in a narrow border and the pallu in subdued gold, in a scroll of rope like thread. Her wide necked blouse had little cap sleeves and she wore a necklace of gold and diamonds, and a spray of dainty blossoms in her hair. The diamonds picked up the sparkle from the swarowski in the embroidery. Mother Ishramali with a her slender lissome looks had her beautiful green silk saree woven with a border and pallu in green, gold and black thread. Her sister Geethanjali Jayanetti favoured a western style and wore a suit style dress in white and silver brocade, and Natasha’s brother Dmithri cut a dash in his grey suit and black polo neck shirt. A red border and pallu brought colour to Ayoma Wijesundera’s saree she wore with pearl and ruby jewellery and a single red flower in her hair.(TSIO)