COLOMBO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) — The Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) kicked off in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Thursday evening, promoting local designs in order to strengthen the country’s lucrative fashion industry.
Due to the virus outbreak which has infected 2,800 people in Sri Lankan, organizers of the CFW said that this year, the event was limited to local designers only and strict health guidelines were followed such as social distancing, and the audience were also encouraged to wear masks at all times. The shows will be shown online as well for the local and international audience.
CEO and Director of CFW Fazeena Rajabdeen told Xinhua that this year the CFW was showcasing designs from high potential young designers who were selected from colleges and schools and once selected, these designers had undergone a mentoring program for four months by CFW.
“CFW, unlike other fashion shows, is a development platform that finds and develops young talent. Ninety percent of Sri Lanka designers are part of the CFW fashion system,” Rajabdeen said.
On Thursday evening, designs of 13 young designers were showcased, which also included new face mask fashions that have now become a new trend amid COVID-19.
Altogether 27 designers will showcase their designs in the CFW during the three-day event which will conclude on Saturday.
The CFW is one of Sri Lanka’s most extravagant fashion shows which annually showcases both local and international designers.
(The photograph at the top is by Tang Lu/Xinhua)