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Indonesian designers rock it out at New York Fashion Week

Heidi Nazarudin
Heidi Nazarudin

A former CEO turned style blogger

New York  /  Wed, September 21, 2016  /  02:29 pm
Indonesian designers rock it out at New York Fashion Week

Anniesa's collections presented on Sept. 12 at the 2016 New York Fashion Week: The Shows, a division of the fashion industry event focused on haute couture. (

Fashion Week may have taken place in New York City this September, but it was an international affair in which Indonesia was suitably represented. 

Anniesa Hasibuan had the distinction of being the first hijab designer at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and showcased her collection D’Jakarta. 

She wowed us at NYFW back in March with her utterly enchanting Pearl Asia designs. Once again she showed us muted, pastel pearlized hues in luxurious fabrics with more than a hint of regality. All her pieces can be worn separately, as well as with or without a hijab, which spreads the appeal worldwide. One can picture her works on 5th Avenue being worn by a smartly dressed NY native.

The Indonesian Fashion Gallery (IFG) presented their designers in order to highlight traditional woven textiles and display Indonesian designs and craft to the US. 

(Read also: Bringing Indonesia’s Muslim fashion to the New York stage)

Vanny Tousignant, a native of Indonesia, has been using native fabrics in her designs ever since she started designing clothes at the age of 12. This fall, she presented a collection called “Dare to Be Gold,” which one would assume had less to do with the recently ended Olympics and more to do with the colors displayed in her fabrics.

Gold, as well as reds, appeared in the Sumatra fabrics. The clothes looked especially good in the show’s setting, which had red and gold accents in the audience area.


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In her signature way, Vivi Zubedi showcased the abaya, or as the Americans call it, “the maxi dress.” She showed traditional designs on neutral backgrounds that made the colorful embroidery pop while still maintaining the restrained, classy and demure look of the traditional abaya.


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Vatthu could not have been more on-trend with the other NY designers this season as his pieces had appliques, embellishments and some bare shoulders. We saw these elements on other runways this week, yet these definitely had a modern Asian flair.

(Read also: Fashion Flair: Reinventing Indonesian fabrics for today)

Vatthu(Indonesia Fashion Gallery/File)

Alleira and batik are almost synonymous and this season’s showing did not disappoint. While traditional in fabric, the designs were streamlined and infinitely wearable. The same show included bags by CLO Bag by Coreta Indonesia. Many had the patchwork style that was seen on other runways this season, although these fabrics were more sumptuous.

C by Angel uses fabrics that are hand tie-dyed. It is no surprise that these pieces were joyous and youthful as the designer is 17-year-old Angela Rompis. She also showed that she has her hand on the pulse of fashion with the cut-outs at the shoulder.

C by Angel(Indonesia Fashion Gallery/File)

The world becomes smaller the more we are all interconnected through the web. The #NYFW was hashtagged, downloaded and uploaded every few seconds during the week, linking Broadway with Bandung instantly. That the fashion world proportionally invited such a large number of Indonesian designers to the show indicates the worldwide importance of our creators and creations.



Heidi Nazarudin is a former CEO turned style blogger, public speaker and event host based in Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles and New York. She has worked with brands such as Saks 5th Avenue, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo and Mont Blanc. She is the blogger-in-chief of and co-founder of Blogger Babes. She resides in Santa Monica, CA by the beach and lives on Instagram @theambitionista.

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