The Summer Show was launched as the primary season in the annual fashion calendar in the same year that Colombo Fashion Week was, in 2003. The event has served as the most significant and prolific designer showcase in the country, featuring the collections of renowned Sri Lankan and international fashion designers. Colombo Fashion Week’s longstanding vision and commitment has been and continues to be to provide a platform for Sri Lankan designers via the Spring/Summer show. Consequently, this has resulted in the event being considered the backbone of Sri Lanka’s fashion industry. The show is also one of four main fashion weeks in the continent that are over a decade old.


Initially launched as “Swim” and a second season in Colombo Fashion Week’s annual fashion calendar. The event focuses solely on swim and resortwear and is positioned as the foremost platform for local swimwear labels and manufacturers and renowned international swimwear brands. The show, which takes place between July and August every year, showcases the latest trendy collections of renowned, featured designers.

Colombo Fashion Week is the first of the major fashion weeks in Asia to focus on resortwear incorporating the category into its annual fashion calendar as one of the main seasons. It has provided a platform for designers to showcase their collections and perspectives on fashion relevant to the season.

Previously, the event featured beachwear, swimwear, holidaywear and cruisewear, designed and produced by leading designers in both the local and international scene.


The Emerging Designers’ showcase for this season of Colombo Fashion Week will take place on the 15th of March. The showcase will feature a select number of aspiring fashion designers who have been mentored and guided through the creative process to produce each of their runway-ready collections.


Every season, Colombo Fashion Week partners with selected restaurants in Colombo to curate limited edition menus intended to provide attendees with an unparalleled gastronomical experience exclusively during Colombo Fashion Week from the 13th to the 19th of March. Fashion + Food will encourage participation from a whole spectrum of tastemakers, transcending the runway, making Summer a celebration of immaculate style and taste.

Ancestral Head-dress by Pala Pothupitiya


Art Connect by Colombo Fashion Week is an exhibition featuring 5 of Sri Lanka’s most acclaimed artists, presented by the Residencies at One Galle Face. The theme of the exhibition is aptly titled "Second Skin” and will be a first-of-its-kind interaction representing the two creative streams of Fashion and Art.


1 minute fashion films are an exciting, new initiative by Colombo Fashion Week scheduled for the 16th to the 18th of March that will see designers collaborate with film directors to bring their collections alive with fashion films. Each 1-minute film will be recorded entirely on smartphones and will be an interesting visual representation of their collections and inspirations for it.


Fashion's approach should change from within. A value system founded on goodness needs to be brought in. Ethical Fashion Day presented by Ceylon Tea, will be a unique day in Colombo Fashion Week’s upcoming calendar. It will serve as a platform dedicated to fashion-for-good with an ethical designers’ showcase that global ethical fashion icon Bibi Russell too will be a part of.


Colombo Fashion Week established the Fashion Design Fund in 2014 with the intent of financially supporting the most outstanding participant of the “Emerging Designer” show. Every year, an up-and-coming designer with significant potential is chosen and provided the necessary funding to kick-start their very own label.

Past winners:

2014Peronie Stefel, Stefel by Peronie

2015Kasun Gunawardana, KASUN

2016Anushika Perera


CFW AFTERPARTIES have evolved to engage their guests with unique offerings and raise the bar over the years. This season of Colombo Fashion Week will conclude with an exclusive themed invitee-only after party at Café Francais featuring trendsetters, revelers, designers, models and some of the country’s most acclaimed names in the local music and entertainment industry.


Designer Pod is Colombo Fashion Week’s carefully constructed pop-up retail experience. This fashion design retail opportunity will take place on the 26th of March, 2017 at Hilton Colombo. The designer collections showcased on the runways at Colombo Fashion Week will be retailed at the Designer Pod. Running parallel with this event will be Men's Afternoon, an event exclusively for men featuring everything from cigars to Hublot watches.


Project 7 is a detailed designer development project that aims to strengthen the ideation process leading to a strong point-of-view development. It is a specialised programme composed of a series of workshops that takes participants through practical steps that influence creativity and ideation with a refreshing perspective. This programme also gives participants knowledge and insight into the fashion industry as well as what it takes to be successful on both the runway and in retail today.



Enhancing the knowledge base of young designers is one of Colombo Fashion Week’s key initiatives. Skillset upgrades and knowledge sharing is carefully planned. Following this, experts are invited to conduct workshops. The first day of Colombo Fashion Week Summer will feature knowledge workshops by some of the fashion industry’s most sought after experts to provide the event’s attendees with useful insights into the world of styling with Mohan Neelakantan and fashion illustration with Mokshini.


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