Sasmitha Dellawa AW16 Collection

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Fashion Designer Sasmitha Dellawa showcased her feminine ‘Journey to the New World’ AW16 collection at The AMBA Charing Cross Hotel at Fashion Week International. Her delicate dresses attracted many admirers including myself.

Sasmitha was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Canada, she flew across to showcase her stunning debut in London.

The AW16 collection is a mixture of romantic delicacy with a boho feel. The floaty and feminine designs are handcrafted to perfection.

The first dress showcased here has beautiful floral detailing on the front and short sleeves, fitted at the waist with an invisible zip that runs along the back.

The intimate detailing is so beautiful, such an honour to wear such a loving creation which was tailored to fit my frame.

Each dress is hand embroidered, pleated, and draped by hand by artisans. Each embroidery has been sown on soft tulle to create lifelike pressed florals. The dresses are lined with silk and layered with a crepe fabric which is pleated to the veil of tulle which sits over the dried florals.

The dresses are an abstract representation of the pages of an aged book with flowers pressed among the pages. Flowers one may save to remind them in the Autumn of a brighter season that has passed – the Summer. – Sasmitha Dellawa

You can find similar dresses on EspritΒ which have a similar feel in terms of delicate femininity such as this beautiful Draped Chiffon Maxi DressΒ which is a stunning off-white floral dress.SheHeartsSheHeartsSasmitha DellawaSheHeartsSasmithaDellawaSheHeartsSasmithaDellawa

NextΒ showcased is a beautiful three quarter length sleeved dress with similar floral detailing like the first. The sleeved option is great for colder Summer days.

The waistline is slightly higher compared to the first, your eyes are drawn to the top half of the dress as you see the floral designs scatter gently along the neckline.

This Broderie Anglaise Dress from Esprit offers a similar cut to the dress I’m wearing above which is available in an off white colour. For floral emphasis this Flowing printed georgette maxi dress is stunning.HappyHourVelvetClutchVendula

Off-White floaty dresses are so perfect for Summer months, and are incredibly feminine especially teamed with accessories to match. I opted for the Happy Hour Velvet Clutch Bag from Vendula London which is a beautiful wine colour showcased with the first dress.

Sasmitha Dellawa Q&A

Q1/ What inspires your fashion designs?

It would depend on the collection, everything from my childhood, the books I’ve read to the music I listen to can inspire my designs.

Q2/ How did you create the designs I’m wearing?

This collection was an ode to and heavily inspired by my favourite South Korean girl group called Girls Generation. Each of the girls had pieces designed after her.

Q3/ Who are your fashion inspirations and icons?

I love Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang and Valentino and I’m absolutely obsessed with Jessica Jung.

Q4/ Describe your brand in a sentence?

The perfect poster girl for the brand would be a girl in a long, beautiful gown climbing a tree barefoot, elegant and wild.

Q5/ Where do you see the future of the Sasmitha Dellawa brand?

A brand which allows women to embrace their femininity while feeling elegant and powerful, because often times being feminine is associated with weakness, and I would like to change that. I want to make women feel empowered, those who wear it and those who gain stability by being employed under it.

Sasmitha’s designs impress, they are elegant, chic and feminine. The sheer amount of passionΒ and thought behind each dress is admirable.

The description provided by Sasmitha about a girl climbing barefoot in the wild is just fantastic, and perhaps if I hadn’t sported heels in this shoot I would have attempted it πŸ˜‰SasmithaDellawaSheHearts

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What do you think of the two dress designs I’m wearing? Which one is your favourite from the two?

I would love to hear your thoughts πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!

Laura xo

  • We love the floral detail on that white dress, you look gorgeous and those golden heels were a nice choice!

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  • Lindsey Simon

    What a pretty white dress! Thanks for sharing girl!

    Love, Lindsey

  • elle

    Such a pretty dress, love the embroidery ! That bag is so cute, too! I need one of those!
    xx, Elle

  • Omg, these dresses look like they’re out of a fairy tale! I love the dainty design on them and I also love your bag!!

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    • Thanks so much Sarah! Really glad you like the dresses and you’re right, there is a fairytale feel to these designs πŸ™‚

      Thanks! Glad you like the bag πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • These dresses look so beautiful on you! They’re dainty and the intricate detailing is complete perfection. They’re both so unique, I’ve never seen floral hand embroidery on a dress like this before. I think that they have a real boho feel like you said. But how versatile, that this could possibly be worn to both a festival or a formal evening as well. I really like how there’s a deeper meaning in the creation of these dresses too. It definitely makes them more one-off pieces. Thank you for sharing these stunning pictures hun. – Summer Smoky Eye Tutorial | Manny MUA x Makeup Geek Palette

    • Thank you! I’m really glad that you like both of the dresses, they really are very beautifully designed and it was truly an honour to wear these beautiful designs.

      The detailing truly is magical in each of the dress designs.

      Thanks so much for reading and I hope you’re well πŸ™‚

      Laura xo

  • Nadia

    Oh my word, how gorgeous is this dress, lovely! It suits you so perfectly and makes you look like a flowery princess <3 Very feminine and so summer-perfect. Also, I love white dresses in summer. It's such a staple thing to have. Unfortunately, I haven't worn one yet as the weather has been crazy here but definitely do hope to get my LWD out and about πŸ™‚
    xox Nadia

    • Thanks so much Nadia! I’m ever so glad you like the style of the dresses πŸ™‚
      White dresses are so gorgeous to wear during the Summer, they are ever so elegant.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo

  • What beautiful dresses – the embroidery is lovely and the sleeve length looks great on both πŸ™‚

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  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Ohh, honestly this dress is so pretty, feminine and very romantic! I love these kinds of flowy dresses, especially during summer months. You can really see the love that was put into creating it, every detail is just so perfect and the material looks very comfortable, also. πŸ™‚ You look beautiful hun, thanks for sharing! x x


    • Thanks Kay, the dresses really are very feminine and romanic. The flowing light material is so light-weight and flattering to wear.

      Thanks that’s so kind of you to say, & thanks for stopping by to SheHearts πŸ™‚ Great to see you over here!

      Laura xo

  • What a stunning dress, Laura and I think it would be the perfect dress for a Summer wedding too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Such a beautiful feminine dress and you look gorgeous in it! xx

  • What an elegant look! Such a gorgeous dress!

    Ann-Marie |

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    What a dreamy dress, so pretty!
    Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚
    Rosanna x

  • Wow, wow, wow! So gorgeous!! <3

  • The hand detailing is really lovely! I love the designers explanation for their poster girl. That image of a girl in an elegant gown climbing a tree is perfect!


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    • The hand detailing really is impressive isn’t it? Loved Sasmitha’s description about the post girl too, it was lovely πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Such a pretty collection, doll! I love how light + floaty they are!

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  • Such a beautiful and elegant dress. I love its simplicity and fluid silhouette.

    Lu |

    • Thanks so much Lu πŸ™‚ Really glad that you like the dresses! They really are ever so beautiful and was an honour to model them in this shoot.

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Both of these dresses are ever so beautiful; dreamy and feminine! I’m forever obsessed with dresses featuring embroidery and so needless to say, these two similar beauties have totally stolen my heart πŸ™‚ They both truly look as though they were designed for you Laura!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thanks Gabrielle I’m really glad you like both of the dresses, both so similar in design yet very unique in their individual ways. I’m really so glad you like Sasmitha’s designs, they really are magical and an honour to showcase!

      They dresses were tailored to fit my frame which was so lovely of Sasmitha, they fitted perfectly πŸ™‚

      Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Edita Lozovska

    Awww, I remember seeing this on the catwalk – you look looovely πŸ™‚

    • It was a brilliant show wasn’t it? Hope to see you at the next one! Thanks so much, really glad you enjoyed the post.

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Lauren Blair .

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And, great interview! XO

    • Thank you very much Lauren-Blair πŸ™‚ I’m really glad you enjoyed the review and interview, was great to interview Sasmitha!

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • The embroidered bodice of this dress is just beautiful, it suits you perfectly

    • Thanks Suze, that’s so kind of you to say. The dresses were tailored to fit me which was a lovely treat.

      Glad you enjoyed the post, see you soon!

      Laura xo

  • Wow, I love that dress and overall concept of Sasmitha Dwllawa! I think it’s wonderful that she seeks to empower women through her designs by embracing and showcasing two notable qualities of us women, femininity and strength. I’ve never really understood why women have been associated with weakness, when in fact we’re incredibly strong, physically too! I mean, we go through so many physical strengths and challenges that men don’t experience and quiet frankly, I don’t think they’d be able to handle it πŸ˜‰ With that, I love how she described her poster girl for the brand! I also love the concept and inspiration for the floral embroidery, such a beautiful depiction of the pressed flowers. That purse you’re wearing is so lovely and would be a great option to wear to a vineyard! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful; I enjoyed the read! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far!



    • Thanks so much Jalisa! Sasmitha’s designs really are ever so elegant, and each one really embraces femininity and beauty, you can feel the about of sheer tender loving care that has gone into each design showcased here.

      Yes you’re right, I certainly and have never thought women are weak in-fact, we are very strong both mentally and physically.

      Ah yes the brand description was so lovely, I smiled reading it πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and like the handbag, it’s from Vendula

      I’m glad you like both of the dresses!

      Thanks so much for reading and I am thanks, lovely lady, I hope you’re having a lovely week too!

      Laura xo

  • You look beautiful! Im having a engagement party this summer so these would be perfect for me! xx

    • Thank you Kate! Is it your engagement party? If so congratulations πŸ™‚ The dresses really are so pretty and glad you like them!

      Thanks for reading, great to see you over here πŸ™‚

      Laura xo

  • You look so beautiful Laura! The dress is picture perfect and Esprit have some gorgeous options to suit many styles I agree with you there. I think they make lovely dresses. Gemma x

    • Thanks so much Gemma πŸ™‚

      I’m really glad you liked the two dress styles!

      Yes the dresses from Esprit are really gorgeous, really beautiful, feminine and delicate πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Oh Laura, that dress is utter perfection and looks amazing on you!!! I love how you’ve styled it with the goldy shoes and that oh so fabulous velvet clutch! You look incredible! Xx

    • Thanks so much Emma, really so glad you like the two dress styles πŸ™‚ They really are beautiful.

      The Velvet Clutch is from Vendula and they have a variety of quirky clutches.

      Thanks for reading and so glad you enjoyed the post.

      Laura xo

  • so pretty!

    kisses from dubai

  • I love your look! That dress is gorgeous!

  • Trang Do

    Gorgeous dress! Great look!
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  • I love white dresses all year long! and i LOOOVE your bag! the cutest!


  • What a stunning dress. You look like a princess, so pretty!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • Perfection! I love the feminine details… you look so beautiful! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Thank you! Really ever so glad you enjoyed the post and thanks kindly πŸ™‚

      Great to see you over at SheHearts, thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo

  • I love the embroidery, the sheer details – gorgeous dress! And the clutch caught my eye too! Thank you for letting us know and discover new designers πŸ™‚

  • What an elegant look! The boho vibe is a nice touch too. Loving that bag!

  • This dress is really really gorgeous! So angelic. πŸ™‚


  • Such a pretty dress!
    xo, Jennifer

  • She has an amazing collection, I love the flower details, the lace details and the off shoulder details, so many things in one dress which makes it perfect. She mentioned 3 of my favorite designers, Vera Wang, Valentiono and Alexander Mc Queen and I absolutely love how she described her brand in one sentence. She is such an inspiration. And did I say how flawless you look in that dress? You are such a vision and your makeup is flawless!!

    • Thanks Meron, Sasmitha really does have a beautiful collection and the attention to detail on the dresses are incredibly well done.

      I loved her personal description of her brand too.

      Thank you so much, I’m really glad you like the dresses. My makeup is a mixture of different brands from NARS, ByTerry, Benefit, MAC, Dior amongst others πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed the post!

      Laura xo