Pasti semuanya, terutama pecinta tas, sudah familiar ya dengan istilah saffiano. Tapi banyak yang mengira kalau saffiano adalah model tas keluaran Prada karena merek tersebut sering memakai istilah ini. Padahal, saffiano itu adalah jenis atau tekstur kulit yang dihasilkan dari sebuah proses finishing. Kabarnya memang proses finishingnya sudah dipatenkan oleh Prada. Tapi merek lain sekarang juga banyak yang memakai jenis kulit ini seperti Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Salvatore Ferragamo, Kate Spade dan banyak lagi.
Nah, seperti apa sih kulit saffiano ini? Coba cek gambar di bawah ini, deh. Pasti langsung ngeh dengan ciri khasnya.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a cool revival among plenty of brands that have taken a backseat in the war of luxury brands. This is why I thought it would be a cool idea (pun intended) to do a series of articles with the “Cool Once More” label. What do you think, girls? Let’s get this train going.
Moschino is a brand that is especially dear to me because when other kids happily wore their Levi’s, my dad decided that I was better off with Moschino jeans. So I spent my teenage years with friends mocking the conspicuous peace sign made out of gold metal sealed at the back pocket of my jeans. Random people would just walk up to me and say “Peace, yo!”
In my dad’s defence, way back when Italy still used the Lira instead of Euro as their currency, a pair of designer jeans were cheaper than Levi’s. So it’s a brand that I grew to love because of this long-term involvement from my youth. But while that gold peace sign is such an obvious tell for Moschino jeans, it’s not unusual for the rest of their products to have in-your-face insignia or the Moschino logo in its characteristic bold font.
In the middle of June, Hanzky and I attended a special media preview of H&M at Grand Indonesia. So it turns out that rumors of its arrival are not exaggerated after all! Following in the footsteps of Uniqlo and Cotton On, the Swedish retailer is now party to the proliferation of high-quality, low-priced international fashion merchandisers that have been flocking to Indonesia in recent years. Perhaps they’ve noticed the buying power of our ever-growing and fashion-savvy middle class, who always love a good deal–and as you’ll see later on, H&M has always been more than a good deal!
While representatives kept mum on the grand opening date, they were quick to tell us that the first store will open in Gandaria City followed by another in Pondok Indah Mall and a flagship store in Grand Indonesia. The first collection to roll in will be the Autumn ’13 collection, which will see dark, heavy fabrics and faux furs paired with sheer and flowy creams. I can’t quite see some of these outfits work in our tropical climates, but this was just a preview and I’m sure there will be plenty more topical weather-appropriate items for us to gawk over!
A very pleasing aspect of their arrival is this: H&M have not jacked up their prices for the Indonesian market, which means that there will be no price tag discrepancies between items found at H&M stores in Indonesia, Europe, and the United States! I found stylish, great-quality jackets in the IDR 500,000 range, adorable purses in the IDR 300,000 range, and sunglasses going at IDR 99,000.
While keeping prices low is always a plus point for consumers, it does raise concerns about how it is still economically viable for the retailer to do so: the horrible, horrible April 2013 collapse of a Bangladeshi factory churning out clothes for UK retailer Primark comes to mind, a reminder of the high human cost that oftentimes comes hidden with our addiction to low-priced fast fashion. Although the factory that collapsed did not supply garments to H&M, many other Bangladeshi factories did; in fact, H&M commissions and purchases more garments from Bangladesh than any retailer in the world, making it the largest contributor to the South Asian’s nation USD20 billion garment industry.
One of the pillar fashion events at the 2013 Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival was the presentation of the Fashion Icon Awards, which recognizes the achievements accomplished by luminaries in the Indonesian fashion scene. It was an evening full of pride and nostalgia, with awards handed out to figures who were pivotal to the local fashion industry.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to the great late Non Kawiliarang, a designer who established Indonesia’s first modeling agency. The award was received by her daughter, former model Rima Melati, who manifested a quiet grace and dignity in a dress designed by her mother. “I miss her so much,” she revealed after choking back tears. “I hope she’s watching from above.”
The Design Award was presented by Veronica Basuki to designer Carmanita, who holds the distinction of styling a float at this year’s Pasadena Flower Festival. Overwhelmed, she took to the stage for her speech and started with, ”I think I have no words except thank you.” She then expressed her desire to see others develop the industry of traditional textiles in Indonesia.
Finally, the Fashion Support Award was given to Jultin Kartasasmita, who penned the textile arts reading staple, Dunia Batik Seorang Jultin. Recognized by UNESCO for her part in keeping a scope of world heritage alive, she recognizes just how important the award is to her and and hopes to put more of her energy into keeping batik alive.
All three women were inspirational in their acts, speech, and manner; they’re the kind of ladies I want to be when I grow up! After the presentation of the awards, we were treated to a fashion show by designers who have been working closely with Cita Tenun Indonesia to develop the tenun industry in different parts of Indonesia and lurch them forward onto the catwalk by implementing the storied fabric into their designs. One part social responsibility and another part creative juices overflow, this is a great project that has helped individuals and entire communities get a leg up in their lives while giving designers something new to work with.