The grand fashion show from Sebastian Gunawan marked the pre-launch of his prime 2014 collection under one glorious theme: MODMUSE. A muse plays an important role in helping materialize a fashion designer’s creativity and imagination. There have been timeless muses across time, with figures in pop culture and fashion history emerging and evolving to finally become ever-present icons standing in for respective eras. They held great sway over the fashion world with their signature style persona.
In the mainstream, muses refer to those whose strong character and originality gave them a persona that withstood the decay of time. To Sebastian Gunawan and his lifetime partner, Cristina Panarese, today’s muses are found within modern women who are open-mind to contemporary lifestyles and keen on fast-flowing information, acknowledging trends and being the muse of their own surroundings.
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.
The opening night of Jakarta Fashion Week 2013 (JFW 2013) opened with two big names from Asia: Lie Sang Bong, a Paris-based designer from South Korea, and Sebastian Gunawan from Indonesia.
Oftentimes, when it comes to Asian designers, they usually highlight their Asian roots to the point of coming across as overwhelming. In Indonesian designers’ case, let me say that I have enough of brokat modern, batik modern, tenun modern, and whatever textile with “modern” added afterward. I’d like a breath of fresh air and see something innovative and different. Especially from a big name designer such as Sebastian Gunawan, I’d really like to see something that is in sync with the season’s trend that has been echoing all over the fashion capitals. Not just putting a silhouette that is currently trending into yet another kain nusantara or brokat, but putting a complete work on a collection that is truly one’s own.
For the last couple of seasons, especially after seeing last year’s JFW 2012 collection at Dewi Fashion Knight, I have big expectations toward Sebastian Gunawan or Seba – as he’s more commonly called. When I saw the first two looks of the collection, I haven’t exactly figured out what was going on here. But then as the third, fourth, until the last look came out one by one, I suddenly found myself floored by the collection that Seba brought to the stage of the opening night. Pure beauty. The designs mimic the stone and Italian tile with beautiful patterns that I often see at the veranda that is translated by the leather embellishment and patchwork. There were many laces on the runway and when I saw it, the word ‘haute couture’ came to mind. There were also silhouettes that are currently trending, such as peplum cut, moulette skirt, off the shoulder top as well as cape on the collection. Well done Seba, you’ve made us proud.
Cape might be one of the oldest forms of outerwear in fashion history. Cape refers to outerwear with attached collar that falls over the shoulder. People used to wear cape because it is simple to be made and functions to keep anyone who wears it warm. A cape can be made by simply cutting a circle on a fabric to create a hole for the head. Interestingly, distinctive cape was worn by noble people, knights and farmers to represent their social status during medieval ages.
At first I got a bit confused to spot the difference between cape and cloak. Then I found an explanation on fashion-era.comthat a cloak’s length usually reaches the ankles while cape is mostly hip-length.
Cape is a classic item that seem to never go out of date. Now I just noticed that it actually makes a comeback in the runways. Today’s capes involve tailoring that make them look more structured compared to traditional circular capes.
Some Indonesian designers introduced a cape jacket in their latest collection such as Biyan in his collection presented at the opening show of Jakarta Fashion Week 2012, Sebastian Gunawan in his “Shanghai Swing” fashion show and also Ardistia New York in her Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
Ardistia New York
Cotton Ink fashion show at Jakarta Fashion Week 2012‘s Cleo Fashion Awards
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Tips in wearing cape jacket:
- If you plan to wear cape jacket, choose attires that fit your body like fitted dress, skinny pants or pencil skirt. Baggy tops or bottom will make you look frumpy.
- For the bag, choose handbag or clutch that doesn’t have any long strap because strap will alter the shape of your cape jacket.