Enoka Fonseka:My father is my lucky star

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By 2017-08-12

By Darshani Abeyrathna

For as enchanting and cutting edge as her creations are, Enoka Fonseka is amazing and generous. She is the best example that all young hopeful designers are trying to make in a big city like France. Hailing from Negombo, now she represents her designs at the international podiums by bringing immense happiness for Sri Lankans. She envisions her talent, dreams nurtures it and grows it. It is not about her iconic brand it is her creativity of doing something that she loves and keeps her awake in the night.

When she shared her views with me, she made me believe that "nothing impossible to a willing heart and word itself says it's am possible." I always keep making dreams. Each one of us needs to dream. We should keep on dreaming. Ultimately we will be able to live the life we dreamt.

Without any further ado, let's get to know more about Enoka Fonseka . Below is the extracts of the interview with beautiful Enoka Fonseka.

Q: Tell me little bit about yourself?

A. I am Enoka Fonseka, Sri Lankan young woman who lives in Paris. I am a fashion designer, a makeup artist, a hairdresser, and I even make my own signature flower creations to adorn the Europe Fashion models that I work with. I am married to Chaminda Caldera (the second son of the late singer Henry Caldera).I am, truly driven by fashion. Indeed, I strongly believe that a stylish person is someone who has a bold sense for fashion. I create my own designs with unique prints on lavish fabrics to make clothes that are elegant and practical. I also arrange the luxurious floral headpieces with gowns worthy of a glamorous red carpet and my collection symbolizes purity, sensuality, romanticism and sexiness!

Q: When did you decide you wanted to become a designer?

A. My late father, Milton Fonseka and my mother Susila Fonseka were lovely parents. They were with me through thick and thin. They are my pillars of success and strength I would say. My father always encouraged me to be creative and come out with my own notions and do something unique. He also always asked me to stay true to myself and never follow others blindly since I was 16 years old and I pursued my passion academically and received my High Bridal Fashion Floral Diploma at age 20.

Q: How has been your journey so far?

A. Life really has been a long journey with many ups and downs yet I was lucky enough to work as an assistant administrator in a Swedish Company when I was in Sri Lanka. I came to Paris in 2008 and began to work for magazines, Paris fashion week, fashion shows, editorials and relooking international fashion models.

Q: What skills according to you are necessary for a successful fashion designer?

A. First of all, I truly believe that empathy is the key to a great customer service. I also think that it's important to entertain and engage first from my fashion and art, using it as an avenue to communicate with others. Also, I especially view the art of style inspiration from, the world's, most stylish and massive trends, I am also interested in what the young crowds are into, as the teenagers always tend to grab the good trends first. According to my point of view I also assume it is also important to select eye catching colours, textures and shapes and the camera.

Q: What does "being creative" mean to you?

A. I think being creative means honouring one's imagination and inspiration to manifest a beautiful otcome. It is a process that happens in my mind and Although, trends are important and influential, finding new elements and perspectives allows my fashion to stand out in an unique way

Q: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

A. Fashion is constantly changing. Each new generation creates their own style, often inspiring from past decades and modifying them. Trends always go out of style and then come back to the society. It has been changed to a greater extent over past eight years. While trends still dictate the fashion world, modern designers have often drawn inspiration from the past and have modified classic looks from the past eighty years in order to excel in the arena of fashion.

Q: What is your greatest weakness?

A. My greatest weakness is that I am over sensitive. Sometimes people take me for granted thinking that I am stupid.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?

A. I showcased my recent collection at The 70th International Film Festival Red Carpet from 17 to 28 May 2017. I had the best record in Cannes for this year (2017) and I was lucky enough to walk on the red carpet four times with my models.I was able to showcase my recent collection "Dad My Lucky Star", at the Cannes festival in this year .

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

A. I want to be one of the most creative and wonderful fashion designers in Paris and it is a title that I can humbly attest that my name is amongst the European French List. One of my undying dreams is to fabricate my own new designs and creations even though my father is no longer with us; I honour his legacy by putting his name for my collections "Dad My Lucky Star". In the near future I will use it for my brand name in memory of my father. As we miss him so much and love him so much and he will remain my hero forever. I also want to introduce new models to the French fashion world and I also wish to participate in the fashion market in France.

There's an amazing sense of accomplishment always and joy seeing my final products on people and in stores. That is what keeps me going. The clock hands will spin faster and faster, it will not stop for a moment. Even though the stress is high and happiness is low, my advice is that, live while you are young and take a break from your busy schedule and enjoy life to the fullest.

For as enchanting and cutting edge as her creations are, Enoka Fonseka is amazing and generous. She is the best example that all young hopeful designers are trying to make in a big city like France. Hailing from Negombo, now she represents her designs at the international podiums by bringing immense happiness for Sri Lankans. She envisions her talent, dreams nurtures it and grows it. It is not about her iconic brand it is her creativity of doing something that she loves and keeps her awake in the night.

When she shared her views with me, she made me believe that “nothing impossible to a willing heart and word itself says it's am possible.” I always keep making dreams. Each one of us needs to dream. We should keep on dreaming. Ultimately we will be able to live the life we dreamt.

Without any further ado, let's get to know more about Enoka Fonseka . Below is the extracts of the interview with beautiful Enoka Fonseka.

Q: Tell me little bit about yourself?

A. I am Enoka Fonseka, Sri Lankan young woman who lives in Paris. I am a fashion designer, a makeup artist, a hairdresser, and I even make my own signature flower creations to adorn the Europe Fashion models that I work with. I am married to Chaminda Caldera (the second son of the late singer Henry Caldera).I am, truly driven by fashion. Indeed, I strongly believe that a stylish person is someone who has a bold sense for fashion. I create my own designs with unique prints on lavish fabrics to make clothes that are elegant and practical. I also arrange the luxurious floral headpieces with gowns worthy of a glamorous red carpet and my collection symbolizes purity, sensuality, romanticism and sexiness!

Q: When did you decide you wanted to become a designer?

A. My late father, Milton Fonseka and my mother Susila Fonseka were lovely parents. They were with me through thick and thin. They are my pillars of success and strength I would say. My father always encouraged me to be creative and come out with my own notions and do something unique. He also always asked me to stay true to myself and never follow others blindly since I was 16 years old and I pursued my passion academically and received my High Bridal Fashion Floral Diploma at age 20.

Q: How has been your journey so far?

A. Life really has been a long journey with many ups and downs yet I was lucky enough to work as an assistant administrator in a Swedish Company when I was in Sri Lanka. I came to Paris in 2008 and began to work for magazines, Paris fashion week, fashion shows, editorials and relooking international fashion models.

Q: What skills according to you are necessary for a successful fashion designer?

A. First of all, I truly believe that empathy is the key to a great customer service. I also think that it's important to entertain and engage first from my fashion and art, using it as an avenue to communicate with others. Also, I especially view the art of style inspiration from, the world's, most stylish and massive trends, I am also interested in what the young crowds are into, as the teenagers always tend to grab the good trends first. According to my point of view I also assume it is also important to select eye catching colours, textures and shapes and the camera.

Q: What does “being creative” mean to you?

A. I think being creative means honouring one's imagination and inspiration to manifest a beautiful outcome. It is a process that happens in my mind and Although, trends are important and influential, finding new elements and perspectives allows my fashion to stand out in an unique way

Q: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

A. Fashion is constantly changing. Each new generation creates their own style, often inspiring from past decades and modifying them. Trends always go out of style and then come back to the society. It has been changed to a greater extent over past eight years. While trends still dictate the fashion world, modern designers have often drawn inspiration from the past and have modified classic looks from the past eighty years in order to excel in the arena of fashion.

Q: What is your greatest weakness?

A. My greatest weakness is that I am over sensitive. Sometimes people take me for granted thinking that I am stupid.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?

A. I showcased my recent collection at The 70th International Film Festival Red Carpet from 17 to 28 May 2017. I had the best record in Cannes for this year (2017) and I was lucky enough to walk on  the red carpet four times with my models .I was able to showcase my recent collection "Dad My Lucky Star", at the Cannes festival in this year .

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

A. I want to be one of the most creative and wonderful fashion designers in Paris and it is a title that I can humbly attest that my name is amongst the European French List. One of my undying dreams is to fabricate my own new designs and creations even though my father is no longer with us; I honour his legacy by putting his name for my collections "Dad My Lucky Star”. In the near future I will use it for my brand name in memory of my father. As we miss him so much and love him so much and he will remain my hero forever. I also want to introduce new models to the French fashion world and I also wish to participate in the fashion market in France.

There's an amazing sense of accomplishment always and joy seeing my final products on people and in stores. That is what keeps me going. The clock hands will spin faster and faster, it will not stop for a moment. Even though the stress is high and happiness is low, my advice is that, live while you are young and take a break from your busy schedule and enjoy life to the fullest.

 

 

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