Jakarta Fashion Week 2012
Photo by Budi Suryanto/Feminagroup
Jakarta Fashion Week is Southeast Asia's definitive fashion event held annually to highlight Indonesia's burgeoning fashion industry and establish Jakarta as a reputable fashion capital. This year more than 50 shows featuring over 150 designers will present their latest collections.
The opening event, "Alliance of Beauty" brought four of ASEAN's top designers on one stage-Biyan Wanaatmadja from Indonesia, Bernard Chandran from Malaysia, Ashley Isham from Singapore and Tube Gallery from Thailand. Each brought their own distinctive spin on fashion, which subsequently reflects their national identity and aesthetics. Biyan's Chinoiserie-inspired collection was featured lush prints and generous ornamentation. Yet the silhouettes remained simple and accommodating. Bernard Chandran's was superbly tailored and infused with drama albeit restrained. Thailand's Tube gallery brought forth an energized, quirky collection. Vibrant prints and color paneling dominated the collection. Singapore-born London-based Ashley Isham's Rococo inspiration was manifested in elegant draped silhouettes topped with theatrical head pieces.
A model showcases designs by Tube Gallery, Thailand designer during Jakarta Fashion Week 2012
at Pacific Place on November 12, 2011 in Jakarta. (Photo by Honda Tranggono/Feminagroup)
Day two's "Grazia Glitz&Glam" show drew many local celebrities and socialites, six of whom participated in the event. Following that was the Indonesian Fashion Designer Council (IPMI) and their "Color Me Life" show, which gathered 10 of its most prominent members to design a color-themed capsule collection. Several highlights include Ghea Panggabean's orange segment, which incorporated geringsing, a traditional Balinese double ikat motif and Tri Handoko's all-white separates. Equally notable were the Batik-centered shows: Dee Ong for Lampung by Batik 118, Ki Artik Batik Culture and Danar Hadi.
A model showcases designs by Ki Artik Batik Culture on the catwalk during Jakarta Fashion Week 2012
at Pacific Place on November 13, 2011 in Jakarta. (Photo by Irvan Arryawan/Feminagroup)
Day three featured the Association of Indonesian Fashion Designers & Enterpreneurs (APPMI) designers with two Muslimwear segments to start. Muslimwear in Indonesia is a multibillion dollar industry that exports overseas to other Muslim countries such as Malaysia and the UAE. Indonesian Muslimwear designers are also regarded by their industry peers as trendsetters due to their liberal and out of the box approach to what otherwise is considered as an restrictive way of dressing. One of the most popular designers, Dian Pelangi, presented a colorful, mix and match collection that redefines Muslimwear in one sweeping gesture. Accents such as pom-poms, tassels and fur hats added brought added freshness. Another highlight is Oscar Lawalata and Justin Smith's collaboration. The English milliner and the Indonesian designer met in 2010 and discovered a shared passion towards traditional hand-made crafts. Thanks to the support of the British Council, the two were able to develop a joint collection for Jakarta Fashion Week.
A model showcases designs by Yessy Riscowaty for Indonesian Fashion Designer Association fashion
show during Jakarta Fashion Week 2012 at Pacific Place on November 14, 2011 in Jakarta. (Photo by
Day four belongs to Obin, one of Indonesia's beloved textile workers and perhaps one of the few who managed to enter the foreign market. Her collection was diverse yet coherent, offering various styles and color palettes that range from kebayas to gathered, scrunched and pleated cocoon silhouettes. The last show of the day is a presentation by three Berlin designers brought by Goethe Institut: Boessert-Schorn, Starstyling and Moon Berlin.
Day five was dominated by Indonesia's young, new & upcoming designers and labels. Isis's "Born Free" delivered edgy, rock and roll looks-some modeled by Indonesia' pop icons such as singer Marcell Siahaan, model Izabel Jahja and rockstar Andi Rif. The creative hipster crowd gathered for Cleo Fashion Award, which has gained quite a reputation for catapulting the careers of Indonesia's young, indie designers.
A model showcases designs by Galeri Batik Kudus fashion show during Jakarta Fashion Week 2012
at Pacific Place on November 15, 2011 in Jakarta. (Photo by Dachri Megantara/Feminagroup)
A model showcases designs by Hien Lie fashion show during Jakarta Fashion Week 2012
at Pacific Place on November 15, 2011 in Jakarta. (Photo by Dhany Indrianto/Feminagroup)
A model showcases designs by Grace Fenny at the Indonesian Fashion Designer Association fashion
show during Jakarta Fashion Week 2012 at Pacific Place on November 15, 2011 in Jakarta.(Photo by
A model showcases designs by Centro Department Store during Jakarta Fashion Week 2012
at Pacific Place on November 15, 2011 in Jakarta. (Photo by Budi Suryanto/Feminagroup)
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