By Laila Nasry
The air was heavy with once-inhaled smoke. The lights
were dim and the music loud. A ramp in the midst of the Atrium Lobby of
the Hotel Lanka Oberoi, the only indication of the 'Trends' to come.
Colombo's glitterati was out in full force at the social event to kickstart
the new year. Sleeveless, backless and strapless outfits, sequined, rhinestoned
or otherwise floated around as did wafts of Dior 'Poison' and Channel.
The 'truly international flavour' promised by Vasantha de Silva of Kess, did
not need working at.
The show commenced at 9.30 p.m. Both Indian and local models took the
ramp. Hair, straight, curly, permed, layered and crimped, came and went
before our eyes; all the cuts and styles had been administered by Vasantha
and his team with French stylist Laurent Phillipon lending his expert touch.
Makeup experts flown in from India handled the makeup, which was in nude
tones with lots of gloss and shimmer.
The shorter cuts were snippy and sharp ranging from 'cropped' cuts to
bobs whilst the hair worn long sported different but versatile styles.
However, some of the creations were hard to pass on practicality. Although
they steered clear from qualifying for the fantasy category that generally
go with hair shows, they fell short of 'everyday wear'.
Nevertheless they scored on the colour and movement the cut or style offered.
Of the wacky styles worthy of mention one beat all norms of gravity-
a french braid starting at the nape of the neck ended like the hood of
a cobra standing over the model's forehead.
Hair-raising eh? It had one onlooker quip it looked like it was out
of the movie 'Something about Mary'! The other beat all norms of reason-
strands of hair attached to a zipper 'artfully' placed to blend in with
the model's hair. It sure raised an eyebrow or two.
It's a pity though, that the majority of men's styles were limited to
short cuts slicked back with gel alone while a number of the men in the
audience sporting long locks would have appreciated having other options
The show ended in 45 minutes, with Vasantha sporting some thingumajig
on his head,taking a bow to loud applause. Thingumajig? Sorry 'trends',