In spite of the crazy traffic last Saturday, I managed to come to JCC to attend the show of Ardistia New York Spring Summer 2013 collection. I was really looking forward to see her work, to be honest. And another designer that caught my interest as usual was Friederich Herman. He showcased his reworking collection, but still has his “DNA” combined with the concept that was given to him.
Let’s start with Ardistia New York first. Normally, I prefer black, dark gray, and blue for my outfit. But I couldn’t help myself to fall in love with the colors that she chose! The earth nude brown colors mixed with bright and light colors. Perfection. I did notice most of the looks are very suitable as “Chic Office Look”. Don’t you agree? Somehow they’re so casual yet we can see the professional vibe from this collection. I love the hair, bags, shoes, everything.
You must be wondering why there were international designers taking part on the Indonesia Fashion Week 2013 (IFW2013)? It’s one of the things that they had to do in order to be a part of becoming a member of World Fashion Week (WFW) from World Fashion Organization based in Washington.
FYI, WFW serves as the global voice of Fashion, as “Olympic Style” global platform for the national fashion industries around the world. As a worldwide event and network for trade and fashion professionals, the annual event provides a forum for worldwide exposure and recognition, with a major role in contributing to the harmonious growth and development of the global fashion industry, working towards a greater good of harnessing and supporting relationships to keep the global fashion industry sustainable and fair.
WFW facilitates designers who are members of local or regional fashion week, to join forces (quoting terms from the Director of WFW) and make global recognition, both for the designers and the origin countries. WFW committee will nominate the potential designers from each member countries, and promote the chosen designers to participate in other country’s fashion week. Back to IFW 2013, 4 designers that teamed up to showcase their latest collection were Samuel Cirnansck (Brazil), Melinda Looi (Malaysia), Addy van den Krommenacker (Netherlands), and Camilla Wellton (Sweden).
Melinda Looi from Malaysia is one of the most influential designer in her country and is renowned for her eclectic vintage creations. Something magical, almost mythical about her collection, inspired by Sunset in Africa. It somehow has a strong resemblance with Carmanita‘s in JFW 2013, in terms of fabric draping and accessories used. Do you also think her collection reminds us of Dian Pelangi’s with the African mood as well? This what beauty of culture is-to see the traditional kain used as bottomwear, similar to the Indonesian traditional pattern, although we can see the difference between the two.
In comparison to the other leading fashion week in Indonesia – in Jakarta, in this case – I’m always more enthusiastic to explore IFW. The main reason is because it’s not only fashion week where well-known designers showcase their newest collections on the runway, but it also involves the biggest fashion trade show or exhibition. It’s enlightening to discover so many best local products, something we can’t easily find everyday and make you even prouder for our national products.
On to today’s highlight: sarung. Since its first year, IFW has a mission to socialize sarung, promote it as Indonesian fashion icon, so we can associate sarung as an everyday wear. Well, why don’t we support this? Plus, its a challenge for me to create different looks with sarung. It was also heartwarming to see many people wore it in IFW, as if its their “normal” everyday wear.
I don’t have many sarung in its original shape, only one piece to be exact, a gift from my mother-in-law. Of course, it’s not accustomed for me to wear sarung, unlike Muslim men who always need one for praying. But in many culture in Indonesia, sarung is also a staple piece for women. Well, for this fashion matter, it’s not necessarily the original sarung. A customized one or anything sarung-like will do.
On the first day, I wore this blue plaid sarung Melayu, already altered into a wrapped skirt which is actually a part of a baju kurung set. Instead of wearing them together, I opted for this mid-sleeve top, to brighten up the look (I always believe in good mixture of blue and yellow). I took these photos on Detail Attitudebooth, a new concept of semi-finish accessories and attachment for clothing industry, and also in Up2date booth, beside this sophisticated lady in nautical outfit (psst, this navy-white stripes set will soon be mine! :p)
Polkadot shawl | Ana Soe mustard top | custom made melayu sarung | Next Time watch | Godinshoes
On the second day, I went with this original sarung that belongs to my hubby. As much as being a spontaneous person who chooses her outfit in an instant, I had to prepare this mix a day before! Which top is the perfect match for ala ‘teluk belanga’ sarung style, how to tie it so it wouldn’t fall off, and the accessories. Unfortunately, I forgot to prepare the matching hijab. So the next morning, I had to rush to catch my train, so I just grabbed this maroon shawl, tied it in the simplest and most basic way, then took off. I even didn’t get a chance to put on makeup. That day was basically such a mess, since I didn’t want to be late for that day’s schedule, which was the presentation of Muslim fashion.
It was definitely my bad hijab day, if there’s such a thing. The shawl was so limp that I had to re-adjust it over and over, not to mention that I forgot to bring extra pins. Ouch!
On to the third day. On the last day of fashion week, I wore this sarung-like lurik skirt from Philip Iswardono. He’s a designer from Jogja, specialized in lurik, a traditional woven cloth mainly from Jogja and Central Java. His brand, Konsep by Philip, was selected in Starting Point zone and was also showcased for the first time in IFW 2013. I bought this runway piece for only IDR 200,000, a sample price for his introductory collection. What a steal!
Square shawl | Stradivarius jacket | Philip Iswardonolurik skirt | batik bag | Roman Joseph boots
I’m sure many of you were also among the crowd in the recent IFW 2013. So, what was your favorite show or brand? You can share all about this event in the forum thread here.