SAMMANI PATHIRANAGAMA

Published : 10:53 am  July 6, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (552) reads | 

dsdsd Untitled-6Today on the “Buzz with Danu”, I speak to the most talented designer I know, and most of all she is just so simple and down to earth with a fresh take on talent, and that’s what’s wonderful in what she puts out! I have been wearing her line for so long and I am ever so excited about dressing in anything that she puts up, because she keeps it trendy! She is a double threat for she is good in men’s wear and women’s too. She finished her fashion education in Australia and she started her shop that is super full of happy customers today. And it’s a place you need to visit and that’s O:Live Couture.

Why did you decide to become a fashion designer?

“I had that creative side in me since I was a kid. I’ve always been highly capable at free hand fashion illustrations, so you would always see me sketching on a sketchpad even when I was schooling. I did not have to think too far when deciding which path I want to take in my life, the decision was easy, “I will be a fashion designer” (no second thoughts); the answer that anyone got from me when they asked me what I want to become one day.

I always wanted to work creatively in the one medium we interact with the most, on a personal level and that is Fashion. I have been fascinated with shapes and patterns for as long as I can remember just like any other girl. Hence, I decided to do Art as one of my subjects for A/Ls and while waiting for my results ,I signed myself up for a diploma in fashion design from the Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology( LIFT), Colombo where I learned the ABCs of Fashion Design. In 2008, although I got selected to study at the local university with my A/L results, I decided to follow my dream to Australia, where I completed a BA in Fashion Technology at RMIT University.

The three years at RMIT were the most exciting and fascinating days of my life where I learned so much about fashion. After Uni I have been affiliated with high end bridal wear and evening wear brands such as “Bonita Bridal Couture”, ”Raffale Cuicca” and “Hannii” in Melbourne where I gained professional experience as a designer. Working as a designer at “Bonita Bridal Couture” was the best as it was such a multi tasking job where I was involved in every stage of making stunning bridal gowns. My designs have also been worn by Charlie Cotton at the ‘Rosemount Sydney Fashion Week 2010’ as well as being featured on a TV series depicting the Australian Fashion culture that is yet to come out.

What is your favourite part of being a fashion designer?

I love everything about being a designer. For me, it is like I get to do my hobby in the form of a profession. Anyway, my favourite

part as a designer is to see my imaginations realised from an idea to actual form, transforming something from a sketch into a real piece of clothing. I always love to see my clients look happy in what I design for them and love to hear all the compliments they get for the outfit.

What were your inspirations for the designs you create?

My design process follows no preset chain of thought other than using fashion as a canvas to express myself and the elements I am surrounded with: for me inspiration comes from everywhere ; books, nature, movies, magazines, people around me and international designers. Most of all the foundation of my designs comes from the human form and body. I always update myself about the latest trends and silhouettes around the world by watching designer fashion shows and even celebrity styles.

How do you select the materials you use?

Materials are one of the key components that add value to a garment, so I make sure that I hand pick the materials I use for my designs at O:LIVE. However busy I may be I always make sure I myself pick all the materials. I source fabrics locally and internationally. I do not ever compromise the quality of the fabrics for anything. Shopping for material is something I love in my job as I could gain inspiration for my designs by looking at materials too. When I go fabric shopping I feel like I am a kid at a candy shop.

What was it like working with CFW?What kind of feedback did you get on the collection?

It was a wonderful experience to showcase my first Menswear collection at CFW Resort wear edition; the collection was inspired by a nautical theme which looked dashing on the ramp. I was one of the two Menswear designers to showcase a collection at the show. I am proud to say that I gained a lot of positive feedback for my collection from the audience and also the model

This was your first fashion editorial with me. What did you think?

I loved working with you, Danu. You really made it a fun experience. It was so good to see you in what I designed and I must say that you did 100% justice to my clothing. The photoshoot was so fascinating as you and Dylan did a superb job. I feel honoured to be chosen to feature in your editorial, which is one of a kind. Thank you.

What do you think of ecofashion?

that are sustainable, pieces that last longer by giving attention to quality. We all can contribute in the simplest way in order to save our planet. I strictly do not use animal skin or fur in my clothing. Further, my carry bags are done using raw paper.