Man behind the fashion revolution – Michael Wijesuriya 0 2692

By : Chantal D

“Michael”
Man Behind Fashion Evolution

Each day, we put on clothes that do more than just cover up bodies. We choose clothes that represent our personalities, our moods, the times we live in, our ambitions and our desires. In the Sri Lankan history, there is one man who stand high as a pillar when it comes to fashion whose work is as controversial, and as influential as traditional art.

He became known for his glamorous styles, producing dresses using innovative materials which was quite the unthinkable at the time he stepped in to the industry 27 years ago.

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Seeing his mom dressing up rather elegantly when he was quite young and following her to designers and salons has open up a whole new chapter in his life. His aunt has further influenced him when she moved in with his family where she had her own clothing business.

These experience had made him realize the power that clothing has, where he believes “clothing is a language all of its own”

Born in Sri Lanka, Michael became one of the top fashion icons in 1990’s and 2000. Coming back home after completing his higher education in the United States, he took the challenge in building a fashion empire focusing on luxury to women’s fashion. His resulting success, based on the innovation of both his designs and his business practices, made him the most successful fashion designer in the country. His designs been worn by film stars, celebrities and he became every bride to be’s dream.

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Each and every garment he creates is an innovation of his own, which is a unique peace of art and each of it that leaves his studio has been done by his own hands. Most clothes are made specifically for an individual, as in the case of haute couture or bespoke tailoring and he has no replicas. Although he has a ready to wear line of clothing mostly he’s known as a couture.

Standing high as he can be in the industry and being acknowledge by the honorable President of Sri Lanka for his contribution to the industry, he is one of the most selfless people I have had the privilege to associate.  He has taken more than 20 people under his wings who had absolutely no knowledge of fashion or garments, and taught them everything where he was, believe it or not a complete self-taught artist through trial and error.

A simple man, who live by his rules and a very family oriented where he put most of his time to make people who matters to him happy.

His next ready to wear collection will specifically cater to plus size women where in his eyes, each person should feel confident about their bodies and how they look. It’s an era where everyone wants to squeeze in to a size 8 but not realizing having curves makes a women look more appealing and that is the challenge he took where his next line of clothing will be dedicated for the plus size.

He has been a person who had believed in himself and the God above. Unless you plant your feet firmly on the ground you will lose your identity, thus he is one person who never forgot where he started and who had been there in his pathway lending their hand in many ways in his journey of life.

He is a “Brand” which sometimes impossible to put a price tag to his work of art.

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People fall in love with his work, they fall in love with the man behind the work, because of his talent of capturing their eyes and their heart with his selfless personality. That made his clients kept on coming back to him decade after decade as he became a part of their lives that’s not replaceable.

“Miclael” has become an identity for most women as he created their personality through his creations.

A man who loves racing as a hobby, he has many different talents that’s just natural to him. Painting, music, designing furniture and building them on his own are just a few of his aptitudes.

I think creativity is inside him; never been to a fashion school, he is so strong in his thinking and seeing fashion in his own way, the brand “Michael” has no limits. “Michael” is a name known well in Asia and of course in Europe where people flying just to pick up their dress done by him.

There are many counterfeits and copies for his designs, but none is as close as the bespoke original.

A man who created a ripple throughout the industry of fashion in Sri Lanka is none other than “Michael Wijesuriya” is just “one of a kind” who’s humble enough to know he’s not better than anybody and wise enough to know that he’s different from the rest

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Octopus Reef where the Nature is your background 0 1530

By : Chantal D

Vacation, the place where I feel most comfortable is a place where I am calm. A place that is peaceful in its own ways. It is the place to go to get away from all my troubles. It is the one place where I could sit forever, and never get tired of just staring into the deepest blue I have ever seen. It is the place where I can sit and think the best. A place where nothing matters but what is in that moment. The one place capable of sending my senses into an overload. The place I travelled and ended my journey at, the waves are crashing, the sun is setting, and people are laughing and embracing under the sunset.

The way the deep blue waters meet the gritty beige sand leaves me in such awe.

Beautiful scene of nature, fresh air, beautiful people and quite life – all these things comes to our mind when we think of enjoying the natural way of life in full resting from the city bustle. There is almost nothing artificial about this quite gateway. Here you can be with everything that nature can offers you…

There is something divine and mysterious about this Villa beauty, which is the satisfaction in the slower pace of days. A perfect blend of harmony with nature that makes the time stand still.

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Octopus Reef Villas and Beach Cabana is designed for those who love the beach culture offer affordable luxury combining simple elegance, refined design, discreet and attentive service, in place of unique beauty and cultural interest. The perfect destination for a swim, snorkel and surf right on the beach and in the comfort of the simplicity, natural beauty and tranquility that makes the holiday gateway unique and special with the stilt fisherman in the rock pool opposite the Villa and surfers beyond with the sun setting in front of the Octopus Reef, you will amazed to watch nature unfold in front of your eyes. “The Rock” in front of the ocean opposite the Villa is famous with surfers as an International surf destination.

 

The water is like a soft blanket, comforting and inviting in the private rock pool right opposite the villa.

The Villa itself is built for those who prefer space, wood and colonial architecture. The rooms are large with a loft that accommodates two more beds, before it steps out into the wooden beach deck. Each room in the villa sleeps four and is ideal for families and friends to share. The wooden Cabana is only 5 meters from the beach and is built for two persons who love the natural style beach Cabana.

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The best thing about the Octopus Reef is the chef Kokilan who will cook (at cost price) whatever your desire in food, including a BBQ to grill the fresh seafood caught in the vicinity consisting of calamari, fish, prawns etc. you have to order early for lagoon crabs, lobster and oysters. Breakfast is included while the chef and the kitchen is given for you free of charge, where you can buy groceries and kokilan will cook meals for you at cost price.

 

Experience the breathtaking scenery and life revolving around a “reef pool”, get physical with outdoor activities in the area or simply indulge in the privacy and luxury of a beach house or beach cabana.

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Octopos reef, a perfect romantic getaway, to relax in the sand while soaking up the sun sipping a thambili or have the most memorable intimate moment lying down in the beach with few candles gives the light, staring in to the endless sky where starts writing yet another story  of love from the depths you cast upon the beach.

One minute you are relaxing lazily on the sandy seashore reading a most invigorating book while eating the most fabulous banana fritters and ice cream done by its very own chef “kokilan”

This beautiful gateway is situated in Kabalana (2.5km past the Fortress Hotel in Koggala) adjoining the Kabalana Beach Hotel before Ahangama, Weligama and Mirissa. This gives you access to a wide range of activities nearby including swimming, snorkeling, body boarding & surfing. Kabalana Sea offers a rock pool, swimming and a safe sea where you can walk 300 meters at waist level water to catch the wave. Octopus Reef offers you free use of body boards and snorkels. The rock pool opposite the villa is a snorkeling paradise with fish and coral, ideally before 8am and in the evenings.

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There are many other fun things to do around Kabalana such as visiting the ancient Kathaluwa Temple with temple art, the Great Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum in Koggla, the Virgin White Tea Estate(with guided tours) and whale watching in Mirissa.

Octopos reef, a place you can let go of yourself or the place to find yourself back!

Sustainable Fashion Is “The New Trend” 0 949

By : Chantal D

Fashion World will have to produce fashion which can be appreciated and is sustainable because mare production should not become our goal

“Sustainability brands are products and services that are branded to signify a special added value in terms of environmental and social benefits to the customer and thus enable the differentiation from competitors” (Belz F., Peattie K. (2009) : Sustainability Marketing: A Global perspective. John Wiley & Sons.)

Sustainability and Fashion:

OrnellaSustainability is slightly different to just being green. It is the development of the consciousness towards the entire ecosystem in which exists. In our world of Fashion, we have seen the evolution of so many trends: right from the glittering Great Gatsby’s era in the 1920s which became further liberated by Coco Chanel, to the 1940s trend elevated by Katherine Hepburn in her masculine shirt and loose fitting trousers racing to the 1950s Pencil Skirt introduce by Christian Dior into the decade of the 1970s which saw experimentation and non-conformity. Fashion always speak the language of the political, social and cultural times of an era.

A wise saying goes “We do not inherit our Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”. Today, this is our language and we need to raise our consciousness towards it. The trend towards development of cheap as well as fast fashion has seen dangerous trends towards causing massive environmentally destructive practices in the producing countries as well as economic enslavement of so many people. Whilst one may argue that it has given jobs to many across the globe, one cannot deny the fact of huge wastage caused across the producing countries as well as the receiving countries. This level of pollution directly and indirectly affects the health of all the living beings across the globe. We need to pause and think if it is worth to build great buildings and destroy our ability to source good clean drinking water.

 

Moving Towards Sustainable Fashion:

Producing more is no solution at all. With so many financial options available in today’s times, designing desirable products that lasts for long without contributing to the wastage that our precious Earth is facing and allowing people to contribute through their skills that sustains the art and culture of their place is the way forward. This is our language today and our Fashion Fraternity will speak this language. Of course one challenge is how do we bring this form of awareness to all those across the globe?

I fathom we take the age old approach of:

Storytelling: Let the design convey this story of sustenance and its importance. Design is used as a tool to convey such messages.

Encouraging art in all forms: Art in schools, colleges, should be re-enforced. Children should be brought out to the open and made aware of the fun in being one with nature.

Creating opportunities for us all to help in our neighbor activities: programmers such as Social service activities has to be highlighted in the news. It will allow children and parents who have something to contribute appreciate the village art and will increase potential sales of such art forms. Once they appreciate they become part of our fashion world since we have raised these awareness.

Magazines and other media should look out to cover such opportunities and present such activities to the world.

The world today needs to bring forth Sustainable Fashion to the front. With combined efforts of all stakeholders we can truly give back a wonderful world to our children.