• 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.