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Lifestyle

  • Kashkha’s colorful celebration

    The festive season is certainly a colorful time.

    Dubai-based women’s Muslim fashion line Kashkha just launched a new collection that promises to lift the spirits for the festive season.

  • Ramadhan Delight: The Royal Moment

    The designers -- Dian Pelangi, Nur Zahra, Jenahara, Etu and Norma Moi -- are all members of Indonesia Fashion Forward (IFF), a program under Jakarta Fashion Week where designers attend fashion training for a year to prepare themselves to enter the international market.

  • Marga Alam: The magic touch of butterflies

    After more than 20 years, Marga Alam, best known for his masterful interpretations of traditional kebaya women’s blouses, recently held his first solo show at the Grand Ballroom in the Mulia Hotel in Jakarta.

  • Biyan: A flowery world

    The beauty of chrysanthemums has inspired fashion icon Biyan Wanaatmadja in his 100 Spring/Summer 2015 women’s wear collection.

  • Redefining Javanese batik & Sumatran ‘songket’

    At the show, Poppy’s work did the talking. Without the spectacular lighting or blaring music that accompanies most fashion shows, she opened the event with her well-kept standard of elegance.

  • Woven Cloth: Ikat’s new DNA

    Cita Tenun Indonesia, an association focusing on developing the country’s textile collection, is exhibiting the least-known motifs of ikat woven cloth from seven regions in the country.

  • Batik with crystal touch

    Simple and modern batik designs from Batik Keris blend elegantly with Swarovski’s crystals — an increasingly popular fashion item due to their close resemblance to diamonds.

  • Denim code for hairstyle

    As jeans are one of the most widely worn items all over the world, denim has evolved over time.

    First designed as work pants for gold miners of the 1849 California gold rush, denim has now become a must-have fashion item for everyone.

  • Urban Chat: Let’s convict predators – and protect ourselves, too

    I was basking in post-holiday bliss when I stumbled onto the news of the alleged sexually molested kindergartner.

  • Urban Chat: Looking back, and moving forward, in vintage we trust

    I can’t remember exactly when I started taking interest, perhaps during my teenage years in Manado, North Sulawesi when Mom began collecting vintage chinaware from the Dutch colonial time, but I realized it was the years overseas that nurtured my penchant for vintage objects. Most probably because, instead of dusty and dirty like here, the flea markets overseas are clean and chic.

  • Fashion without borders

    A disabled model displays a creation by BezGraniz Couture, Fashion Without Borders at the Fashion Week in Moscow, Russia, on Monday. (AP/Ivan Prokhorov)

  • Style with a conscience

    Green is the new black. Eco-fashion is not just another a trend that will lose its appeal in the next season, it’s a movement.

  • Urban Chat: How MH370 shows how much we still have to learn

    I was very young, but the memory remains.

    When Tampomas II sank, one of Indonesia’s worst maritime accidents, Mom carefully explained the basics of the event before sternly forbidding me to mention it in my Balinese dancing class. Capt. A Rivai, who bravely rescued passengers before going down with the ship himself, had a daughter in the class, and Mrs. Rivai hadn’t figured out how to tell her.

  • Fashion week

    A model shows off a creation by Portuguese designer Nuno Gama at Lisbon's Comercio square during the ModaLisboa fashion week, in Portugal on Sunday. (AP/Francisco Seco)

  • European showcase

    Indonesian designers are set to make it big on the international stage as five labels will take part in Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014.

  • 2014 Indonesia Fashion Week: Prêt-à-porter party with a Paris promise

    Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) has arrived with casual and cutting edge work from renowned local and foreign designers.

  • On the catwalk

    Models show off the designs of Fenny Mustafa during Indonesia Fashion Week 2014 in Jakarta on Friday. Organized by the Indonesian Fashion Designer Association (APPMI) in cooperation with the government, the event featured more than 200 local and international designers and 500 fashion brands.(AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

  • In motion

    Visitors of the 2014 Indonesia Fashion Week walk past mannequins at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta on Thursday.With the theme “Green Movement, Local Movement”, the event, which involves over 200 local and international designers and 500 fashion brands, will last until Sunday. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

  • Urban Chat: Lusting after luscious lingerie

    Oh, I can see some of you rascals grinning already after reading the title above.

    Defined originally in French as washables and used to describe all types of undergarment of both genders, lingerie took a slightly different meaning in English as the visually-pleasing female underwear and sleepwear.

  • A shower of crystals and flower petals

    Didiet, known for his love of the traditional Indonesian style, was eager to represent the classically beautiful designs of the country’s conservative outfits in his Svarna 2014 collection, which he calls Romansa Flora (A Floral Romance).