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ODEL pays tribute to denim’s timeless appeal with Spring 2017 collection

Monday, 13 February 2017 08:13

Launches ‘Denim & Co.’ adding to huge existing offering in branded denim wear

Denim never goes out of fashion, but the ubiquitous fabric gets fresh expression in a dynamic and chic new Spring collection unveiled by ODEL, already the largest fashion repository in the country. The new collection reinforces ODEL’s status in on trend fashion, as the go-to destination for branded denim wear from leading global brands.

Creations in denim of multiple finishes and degrees of distress form the core of the energetic new collection, supplementing ODEL’s extensive offering from brands such as Levi’s, Pepe Jeans London, Wrangler and Lee, as well as other denim and indigo items on the shelves of the country’s premier high fashion retail chain.

Aptly titled ‘Denim & Co.’ the new collection also features a range of compatible and complementary fabrics such as linen, chambray, viscose, single jersey, lite-stretch cotton, French terry, crape, and chiffon.

“Since the 1950s when ‘rebels’ like James Dean made the fabric iconic, denim has always had a place in fashion,” said Ms Desiree Karunaratne, Group Marketing Director of Softlogic Holdings, which owns ODEL. “Its timeless trendiness enables denim to hold its own globally. Denim has the unique adaptability of either being dressed up or dressed down to suit virtually any occasion, so we are delighted to introduce an array of iconic denim brands in store. Customers can take their pick from our wide range of season favourites to be bang on trend this Spring.”

“ODEL is a destination that always reflects global trends with the multiple international brands that it presents,” she said. “The new collection is a great example because denim is still one of the most versatile and practical fabrics, and continues to make a statement for the casual-chic facet of fashion.”

The Spring 2017 collection also uses textured crape, burnouts and soft rib fabric and prints including cameo, stripes and florescent detailing for effect. Shades of blue, black and green take pride of place.

The denim jeans in the new collection come in textures of acid wash, tinted, sun bleached, enzyme, stone wash, sandblast, dirty wash, indigo, rinse wash, and antique wash.

A matching jewellery collection advances the theme further with denim inspired necklaces and earrings and also includes a range with various stones.

In keeping with the ODEL philosophy that shopping is also about the experience, ODEL stores have undergone décor changes to match the Spring 2017 theme, reflecting the perennial magnetism of denim.

The ODEL chain comprises of 22 trend defining stores including eight ‘Luv SL’ stores that retail uniquely Sri Lanka-inspired fashion, accessories, and souvenirs.

Pictured here are some of the creations in ODEL’s Spring 2017 collection.


Christmas arrives with a Bang at ODEL evoking ‘That Fa la la Feeling’

Thursday, 01 December 2016 04:14

New 16,000 sq. ft. lounge for wining & dining, magical store makeover and glam fashion show herald the festive season

Friday, 25th November 2016: Glamour, dazzle and joie de vivre morphed into a celebration of near cosmic proportions when ODEL pulled out all the stops to usher in the festive season at Alexandra Place today.

Raising its game to unparalleled heights, the iconic fashion and lifestyle retailer executed a fairy-tale like transformation of its flagship store, opened its swanky all-new ‘The Promenade - ODEL’ for wining and dining and hosted a scintillating fashion show that had guests and shoppers gasping in delight.

Visitors to Alexandra Place this season will be awed by the 16,000 square-foot open-air lounge formally declared open by Softlogic Group Chairman Mr. Ashok Pathirage as part of ODEL’s customary heralding of the season of good cheer and shopping. Bigger, snazzier and classier than its predecessor, ‘The Promenade - ODEL’ lounge consists of two a-la-carte spaces that include restaurants, a café and a bistro, eight food and drink vendor outlets, a nail and foot spa, making it a destination in its own right.

The food and beverage offering at The Promenade caters to wide customer tastes, with the Alexandra & Ward fashion-themed café offering Italian cuisine as well as Japanese dishes from Nihonbashi; the Sugar Bistro & Bar with its American and Continental menus; and the tenant outlets Bubble Tea, Il Gelato, Roots, Mango Tree, Chariot, Hot Dog/Chop Shop, Sea Food Shack and Magic Corn providing an eclectic mix of refreshments.

Large trees, marquees and clever lighting combine with colour tones of lush green, mahogany, white and red to provide a cosy, relaxing ambience that is guaranteed to take the frenetic out of shopping. Fridays and Saturdays will be especially welcoming with live lounge music playing. The Promenade – ODEL will be open till 11pm daily, even after the store is closed.


The formal opening of the Promenade after several months of construction coincided with the annual thematic transformation of ODEL stores for Christmas. At Alexandra Place, the traditional icons, décor and accoutrements of the festive season in hues of white, rose gold and nude perfectly matched ODEL’s latest fashion collection for the occasion, unveiled at a fashion show at which models threaded their way through guests at the just-opened lounge.

One of the highlights of ODEL’s multidimensional Christmas launch -- themed ‘That Fa la la Feeling’ -- the new clothing collection is inspired by international designers such as Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Valentino, Chanel and Preen By Thornton Bregazzi. The collection comprised of two distinct elements, a casual mix of clothing for both men and women showcasing designs mixed with nudes, whites and shades of soft pink on the one hand, and a selection of glamorous evening and occasion wear in the same colour shades but with sparkling embellishments created with pearl work, lace, net, sequins, metallic, fur, snowflakes and Swarovski stone work.

The wide colour palette of the collection encompasses the sherbet tones, hints of blush, grown up rose gold, nude and white that represent elegance and glamour, and the shades of burgundy, red, black, silver and gold that evoke the festivity of the season.  The collection uses distinguishing features like turtle necks, neck detailing, thigh high slits, wraps, plunging necklines, peter pan collars, cold shoulders and bow ties to emphasise its celebratory nature.

“Christmas brings out the best in us,” commented Mr Ashok Pathirage, Chairman of Softlogic Holdings. “ODEL has always been the place to visit during the festive season, but this year we have raised the bar very much higher. We are continuing to invest substantially in our fashion retail infrastructure to provide a complete shopping experience to shoppers by matching the international mall experience and aligning with global standards. With the opening of ‘The Promenade – ODEL’ our very own unique wining and dining experience which complements the overall shopping experience, this year’s Christmas launch provides just an inkling of what ODEL customers can expect in years to come.”

A series of exciting activities, entertainment acts and Santa-inspired surprises make ODEL the ultimate gift buying destination for shoppers this festive season. All stores will be open for extended shopping hours from 9th December onwards, with Alexandra Place staying open till 10pm from the 9th to the 11th, till 11pm from the 16th to the 18th, till 10pm between the 19th and 22nd and till 11pm on the 23rd and 24th of December.

As is the case every year, visitors to ODEL are assured of all the traditional requirements of the season and much more, from gift vouchers and exclusive custom-assembled hampers for personal and corporate use, an extensive range of gastronomic seasonal specialities and a Home Department brim-full of unique Christmas décor.  Adding to the excitement of shopping at ODEL this season will be two special weekend promotions for HSBC and American Express credit card holders in the month of December. All this makes ODEL everybody’s Special Seasonal Department Store.


ODEL opens ‘Luv SL’ store at Pinnawala

Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:30

ODEL has opened its eighth ‘Luv SL’ store in the precincts of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, providing visitors with an eclectic assortment of products from its innovative store chain. Featuring a plethora of Sri Lankan inspired fashion, accessories, and souvenirs intended to instil love for Sri Lanka, LUV SL advocates all things uniquely Sri Lankan while supporting efforts to enhance the destination’s tourist attractions.

The 2,400 square foot store located on the pathway to the Elephants’ bathing area, has multiple departments such as Ladies, Gents, Backstage, Souvenir, Delight and Blend House, as well as a tenant outlet of Spa Ceylon.

LUV SL is a keen supporter of the abundant wildlife of Sri Lanka and uses animal motifs on most of the brand’s products. Opening the newest addition to the Luv SL store chain in Pinnawala creates the perfect synergy between the ideals of LUV SL and the essence of Pinnawala. The elephant orphanage attracts large numbers of tourists and locals, further spreading the word of conservation and rehabilitation of Sri Lanka’s native elephant population. Together with the extensive collection of themed merchandise at the new Luv SL store, a special Pinnawala inspired range of products such as photo frames, notebooks, wrapping paper and fridge magnets is also available.

LUV SL has grown exponentially as a brand and has rapidly branched out, with a physical presence across the island. Along with Pinnawala, stores are located at ODEL’s Flagship Store at Alexandra Place, the Dutch Hospital Colombo, Pedlar Street – Galle Fort, Jetwing Blue Hotel Negombo, Queens Hotel Kandy, Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Bentota, the Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake and Crescat Boulevard Colombo.

The standalone Luv SL stores have a unique look and feel, combining concrete and wood for a modern yet earthy appearance that uses shades of brown, black and silver. The colourful, distinctly tropical materials and motifs imbued in traditional Sri Lankan objets d’art have been utilised to produce a wide spectrum of products ranging from casual clothing and accessories to stationery,mugs, picture frames, toys, cosmetics and toiletries, curios and even confectionery retailed under the Luv SL brand.


Medieval grandeur to the fore in ODEL’s Fall 2016 collection

Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:10

Fashion trailblazer ODEL has brought the medieval into the 21st century as it celebrates the Fall 2016 fashion season with a new clothing collection and store décor inspired by the regal grandeur of the Middle Ages.

Themed ‘Modern Medieval,’ ODEL’s just-in collection features a range of fabrics such as chiffon, textured silk, velvet, pleated, cotton, crepe, viscose, lace and sheer that are evocative of an era in which dramatic fashion accentuated affluence and status.

The prints place emphasis on dark and gloomy florals and tapestry designs to produce a rich ceremonial medieval look, with a colour palette of black, shades of dark blue, mixture of dark red, soft shades of blue, peach, pink and ivory and hints of gold and purple. Silhouette detailing with neck ties, royal buttons, royal sleeve patterns, Peter Pan collars and chest embroidery further enrich the look of the clothing in the new collection, which is inspired by the designs of the likes of Zuhair Murad, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Roland Mouret, Gucci, Prada, Cavalli and many others of repute.

ODEL’s ‘Backstage’ brand has also unveiled a matching jewellery collection titled ‘Costume Drama’ under the store’s medieval period inspired theme for Fall 2016, enabling fashion-conscious customers to amplify the sophistication and glamour of the clothing collection. The jewellery collection is made of gold and silver coloured metals decorated with stones and pearls in designs reminiscent of the opulence of the medieval period.

“Our new collection is bold, imperial and dramatic, and has a lot of depth and character, said Ms Desiree Karunaratne, Group Marketing Director of Softlogic Holdings, which owns ODEL. “The Fall collection is a nod to the medieval past, an era that saw a revival in the arts across the spheres of song, literature and particularly fashion.

At ODEL, we have sought to capture this allure of the past and create a dramatic fashion statement for contemporary style queens. With each new seasonal collection ODEL emphasises the fact that not only is it the location for the latest from international designer labels, but is also a fashion-forward label in its own right.”

As is customary with every seasonal fashion collection, ODEL stores have undergone décor changes to match the theme, transporting shoppers to a time of regal grace, ornate settings, rich fabrics and unbridled romance. The Fall 2016 theme is also visible in subtle changes at most of the in-store departments of ODEL.

Coinciding with the arrival of the new collection, ODEL’s flagship store at Alexandra Place has undergone several changes that shoppers will be eager to check out. A visit to ODEL is also an opportunity to pick up the latest Modern Medieval edition of the ODEL magazine, available to shoppers free.

Pictured here are some of the designs in ODEL’s new Fall 2016 collection, now on the shelves.


ODEL launches LUV Sigiriya campaign to protect historic site

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:17

ODEL clean up team hauls down 40 sacks of rubbish from Lion Rock on World Environment Day

Callous visitors defile the historic Sigiriya rock with 40 sack loads of rubbish each day, an alarming fact brought vividly alive by employees of ODEL who undertook to clean up the site to mark World Environment Day this year.

Joined by more than 100 volunteers including 16 children from a nearby school, a 61-strong team from ODEL scoured the precincts of the fifth century rock fortress, collecting plastic bottles, polythene bags, lunch wraps and similar detritus abandoned at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Recognising the need to go beyond picking up litter to create greater awareness of the need to protect this iconic historical and archaeological landmark, ODEL’s ‘LUV SL’ brand has also launched a special collection of themed clothing and accessories with messaging on the preservation of the glory of Sigiriya.

As the ODEL team was busy hauling down 40 sacks of garbage from the 660 foot rock on 5th June 2016 – World Environment Day, visitors to ODEL’s flagship store at Alexandra Place were greeted by an eye-catching display in the store’s Atrium Lobby depicting the litter usually found at the site.

The LUV Sigiriya collection created in support of the cause comprises of T shirts, bio-degradable bags, badges and other accessories with slogans against the pollution of the location, which attracts an average of 2,500 visitors a day.

“Sigiriya is an icon of Sri Lankan history that must be carefully preserved for future generations,” a spokesperson for ODEL said. “The extent of pollution by visitors is shocking, and we felt that ODEL and the LUV SL brand could play a role in drawing public attention to the problem and promoting greater civic consciousness.”

Pictured here are some of the members of the ODEL team in action at Sigiriya on World Environment Day 2016, and the display at the Atrium Lobby of ODEL Alexandra Place.



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