Ever since ‘I Am Starstruck’ launched in 2011, the TV Week Logie Awards have been our absolute highlight of the year.
With our own hashtag #LogiesWithLeeshie, we’re all about celebrating and embracing local television.
And she was dressed to the nines thanks to local label Gather & Stitch. At ‘I Am Starstruck’ we’re all about supporting incredibly talented creatives drawing inspiration from their cultural backgrounds, and that’s why choosing Gather & Stitch to dress us for the Logies was a no-brainer.
Here we chat to the label’s founder Helani Sarath-Kumara.
I AM STARSTRUCK: When did you start Gather & Stitch and why?
HELANI: I started Gather and Stitch in 2010. A year or so before that I was in Sri Lanka and saw a building for a rural school that couldn’t be finished due to lack of funds. I thought that if we could do an event, we could raise the money needed to finish it.
So in 2010 after a year of organising and the effort of about 52 people, we did a charity fashion show to raise the money. For the show I created and launched the label – Gather and Stitch. From there it took off! We had accidentally found a niche for good quality, unique, custom made dresses.
I AM STARSTRUCK: From where do draw inspiration?
HELANI: The colours in flowers, the simple shapes in fashion trends throughout time, rich textures and finishes (like beading!)
I AM STARSTRUCK: Which celebrity always nails red carpet style?
HELANI: Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Emma Watson and Taylor Swift.
I AM STARSTRUCK: Which celebrity would you like to dress?
HELANI: All of the above haha. Someone who is a good role model. strong, brave and an independent women with a sense of style.
I AM STARSTRUCK: What are the most popular looks at Gather & Stitch?
HELANI: Our Electric blue dress (The Blue Bird) has been our most popular design so far!
I AM STARSTRUCK: For an awards night like the Logies, what would be the types of dresses people could choose to get made by Gather & Stitch?
HELANI: Something that is different from the usual, red carpet worthy and makes the wearer feel confident and beautiful!