Glorifying the Past
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It’s time to get inspired. The choices are plenty – from back to the elegant simplicity of the 1920s- to 1970s-style ‘ikat’ woven fabrics from Makassar in South Sulawesi.
With the Idul Fitri celebrations just a week away, renowned designers came into full force, showcasing their latest creations to inspire fashion lovers for the festive moment at the Plaza Indonesia Fashion Week’s special Ramadhan show.
The fashion week, running from Aug. 6-10, offered classy yet elegant Muslim dresses coming from the hands of top designers, including Barli Asmara, Deden Siswanto, Didiet Maulana, Ronald V. Gaghana and more.
The shows also featured some brands, including Jewels of Eden, Tangan Peri, Lenni Collection, Inne Butik, Monday to Sunday, Capsule Wear, Alleira Batik, Parang Kencana and Iwan Tirta.
Barli’s collection, which took Motion Inspired as its theme, was inspired by the fashion trends of the 1920s.
The designer said he was captivated by the simplicity of women’s looks from that time and the hype over turban-style head covers.
“I see similarities in many designs, which are mostly kaftan. I want to give stylish inspiration to Muslim women wearing the hijab. The collection is not too Muslim but still follows Islamic principles of covering aurat,” Barli said.
Aurat are all the parts of a woman’s body — apart from the face and hands — which should be covered under Islam.
In his designs that used loose cutting, Barli chose various pastel colors, such as cream, brown, nude, peach and orange candy on light fabric materials like chiffon, glitter cotton, satin and jersey.
“I hope the show can inspire people on how to mix and match their clothes,” he said.
Ikat Indonesia by Didiet presented a collection titled Eksotika Mamiri, which highlighted ikat woven fabric from Makassar, South Sulawesi.
Didiet said the collection was inspired by the 1970s’ kaftan trend, which was simple in design.
“I try to present an exoticism that still suits the spirit of Ramadhan. I believe that a sexy look does not have to come from a sexy silhouette. Sexy colors can work too,” he said.
Other interesting designs were presented by Tangan Peri, which offered a unique collection of hand-painted silk that could be matched with traditional fabrics.
Inne Wijaya of Inne Butik presented eight collections of bold colored caftans adorned with embroidery.
“We have cheerful colors for this collection. Some people may be afraid of choosing those colors, but they are actually cool. The robes are also suitable for weddings and not simply limited to the Idul Fitri celebration,” she said.
Especially for the show, Iwan Tirta Private Collection (ITPC) made a mini collection that focused on Muslim attire.
Bearing the name Oasis, Kaftan Series 2012, the collection took a flower bouquet inspiration from Europe, India and Morocco.
“Our dresses use a lot of drapery techniques because we do not want to cut too many parts of the batik cloth. We want to appreciate every part of the batik designed by our artists,” said Era Soekamto, the ITPC Creative Director.
She believed that the decision to cater to the demand for kaftans through the collection would maintain the prestige of the ITPC as the company still used the precise batik technique.
The 24 pieces presented in the show used some 20 flower motifs, which were part of the preserved collection of 10,000 designs by the late designer Iwan Tirta.
“We chose flower motifs to get close to the environment and our female customers,” Era said.
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