On the 3rd of March 2020, at the Hilton Colombo, it was announced that HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, Sri Lanka’s biggest fashion festival will be commencing on 18 March 2020 and will continue for four days until 21 March.
Coming back once again for its 17th consecutive year, Colombo Fashion Week aims to spread a bigger message than simply fashion this year. With the current issues of climate change and the looming fear of destruction of the world, Colombo Fashion Week aims to make fashion in Sri Lanka as sustainable as possible.
The “Responsibility in Fashion” programme by HSBC Colombo Fashion Week introduces three responsibility and circularity-based initiatives, which are actionable impacts and with this HSBC Colombo Fashion Week opens the door for the stakeholders of the Sri Lankan fashion design industry to embrace & start on a journey towards circularity.
The three actionable impacts are – Garment Enhancement Guarantee, Garment Disposal Plan and Return-After-Use-for-Repurpose, these three take every garment towards achieving Circularity and making every attempt to save them from ending up in a landfill.
In 2020, the focus of CFW is to encourage all the participating Sri Lankan designers and connected stakeholders to embark on this responsible journey. This focus is primarily to align the Sri Lankan fashion design industry on a Responsible path, while celebrating the effort and the story of every garment. This will also profile the industry and showcase the intention of participating designers. Sri Lanka will be the first in the region that will embark on this collaborative program.
This edition of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week will see nearly 30 designers who are set to showcase their collections over a period of four days. Some of the international designers include Kanika Goyal and Siddartha Tytler while the Sri Lankan designer pool includes Charini Suriyage, Dimuthu Sahabandu, Indeevari Yapa Abeywardena, Sharmila Ruberu, Dinesh Chandrasena, Asanka De Mel, Dinushi Pamunuwa, Fouzul Hameed, Amilani Perera, Aslam Hussein, Kamil Hewavitharana and Jai by Aashki amongst others.
This season of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week will take place from the 18th to 21st March 2020.